January 13, 2020

It is time, Winterlude is here!

Winterlude - Bal de neige logo

It’s here, the moment you have been waiting for that comes every winter season. The beaver tails, hot chocolate, and delicious maple syrup to top it off!  Winterlude is set to take place from February 4 to 21, 2022, with ice carving happening on February 5 and 6.

Take part in one of Ottawa’s finest events, Winterlude. Hop on the sno-bus outside the Lord Elgin Hotel, to take a ride to events like Snowflake Kingdom, Jacques-Cartier Park, Gatineau.  Many activities will be taking place along the Rideau Canal Skateway as well, such as the Winterlude Triathlon and the Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival.

Ottawa’s winter festival hosted the first-ever National Ice-Carving Championship last year, where the winners of the competition were chosen by Canadians across the country. The competition is expected to return this season, on Sparks Street Mall, where pairs of carvers representing the 10 provinces will be given 20 hours to take 15 blocks of ice and create their works of art.

Online voting will run from February 11 to 20, 2022. The winning team will be announced on February 21.

Snowflake Kingdom, co-produced with the Ville de Gatineau, will be found in northern part of Jacques-Cartier Park for snow tubing and family activities.

A family having fun during the the Winterlude event in 2019


The winter festival also plans on shining a light on Indigenous Culture. Winterlude is presenting ‘Circle of Life,’ a thematic light installation featuring works by Indigenous artists. The exhibition, designed by Lucion, will be installed at Confederation Park in Ottawa. The schedule of events, along with all the information needed to participate, will be available on the Winterlude website.

A Lord Elgin tradition is the specially carved snow bench, stay tuned to take a picture and post with the hash tag #MyLordElgin to be featured on socials.   Unfortunately, the ice carvers won’t be able to carve our bench this year, but it will be back next year we hope.

Out of town and want to join in the month of fun? As one of the Official Winterlude Hotels, the Lord Elgin Hotel is your best choice of location to take it all in!!

Full programming details are expected to be released in January 2022.