Sparks Street is Your Home for Winterlude!
With a full schedule of programming, activities and exciting installations coming onto Sparks Street (including three weekends of Ice Carving competitions!) Sparks will be the place you have to visit during your Winterlude adventure! Everything that is happening on Sparks Street can be found on Winterlude's Sparks Street Page.
Check out this great guide of what to wear and bring from Ottawa Tourism!
We can’t wait to see you in your best toque on Sparks Street!
"The National Capital Commission (NCC) created Winterlude in 1979 to celebrate Canada's unique northern culture and climate. Organizers were inspired by our ancestors who would gather to enjoy each other’s company during the long winter months.
Since then, Winterlude is held in Ottawa-Gatineau every year in February. We’ve added new activities over time like the famous Bed Race and the Waiters and Waitresses on Ice Challenge. There’s also Trotting on the Rideau, a horse race on the Rideau Canal Skateway that kicked off the very first Winterlude in 1979.
Now considered the flagship event of the winter tourist season in Canada's Capital Region, Winterlude is proud to be among the prestigious Ontario Signature Experiences as well as the 2019 Top 100 Events in Canada according to BizBash. On average, 600,000 visitors take part in the festivities.
Year after year, Winterlude runs smoothly thanks to the precious help of 800 volunteers.
In collaboration with many partners, it offers a rich and varied program. Must do winter pleasures such as tube sliding, skating and admiring snow and ice sculptures share the spotlight with a cultural and culinary program.
Loving winter outdoors AND staying toasty warm inside… THIS is Winterlude!” – Department of Canadian Heritage