What’s new at Winterlude in Ottawa-Gatineau?
It’s Winterlude time again in Ottawa-Gatineau. The annual celebration of Canada’s definitive season goes until February 20. Like most other things happening in the capital region in 2017, there’s a bit of an added touch to Winterlude this year because of Canada’s 150th anniversary. The main Winterlude activity sites in Ottawa are the Rideau Canal Skateway and Confederation Park which becomes the Crystal Garden for the festival. Ice sculptures and entertainment are the features there. The Snowflake Kingdom at Jacques Cartier Park in Gatineau has always been a popular place for giant snow slides and dog sledding, but this year it has some new attractions that make being outside in the winter actually seem fun. Make a wrong turn in the snow maze, zoom across the park on a zipline, or watch the acrobats perform. It’s just a short drive from the North Country, eastern Ontario, and the Montreal area to Winterlude.