Winturlude, the Capital's winter celebration, is held in Ottawa–Gatineau each February. It was created in 1979 to celebrate Canada's unique northern climate and culture.

We will spend all Saturday along the Rideau Canal and Confederation Park, where the most activities are happening. We will start at the world's largest Ice Dragon Boat Festival where 100 teams will race frozen Rideau Canal Skateway. 

We will also go ice skating to the world's largest skating rink​. People come from around the world to glide along the Rideau Canal Skateway’s 7.8 kilometres (4.8 miles), which stretch from Ottawa’s downtown core to Dows Lake, its largest surface. According to the National Capital Commission (NCC), the Skateway hosts a daily average of 20,000 visitors during the winter months.​

All along the way, you’ll find various stands offering hot soup, hot chocolate and other items to keep you cozy and warm. There are also heated change huts, where you can put your skates on or just warm up for a bit. And while you’re on the famous Skateway, make sure to get a BeaverTails pastry! This deep fried, cinnamon and sugar, beaver tail-shaped pastry was invented in Ottawa in 1978. There’s nothing more Canadian than enjoying one on skates on the Skateway in the winter!​

We will also take a walk through the famous ByWard Market where you can find lot of restaurants, bars and night clubs. There is also a famous place where Barack Obama bought a cookie during his visit!

ByWard Market is a great place where to have a dinner and drinks after the long day outside. 
Our hotel is located at the Capital Hill which is walking distance to Parlaiment Hill and ByWard Market so if you will be in the party mood all night clubs and bars are very close to the hotel.


Quadruble accommodation at the 3 star hotel - Capital Hills and Suits Ottawa. You can upgrade your room:
Double room: $150/person
Single Room: $350/person
American style breakfast is included!

On Sunday morning we will take a guided tour inside of the Canada´s Parliament Building. You will have some free time to walk around Parliament Hill and take some pictures. 

What to pack?
- The space in the car is very limited so please leave your big suitcase at home
- warm cloth, gloves, hat
- winter shoes
- shampoo, soap, hairbrush, toothbrush
- ID


Leaving Toronto at 2 pm
Evening arrival to our hotel in Ottawa

Winterlude visit
ByWard Market visit
Free time

Guided tour of Canada´s Parlaiment
Free Time
Afternoon departure to Toronto

Why travel with us?
- We travel in small groups by comfortable cars (12 seat van or minivan)
- You are our friend not just a client
- Local experience - we try to meet with local people on our trips (local guides, accommodation)
- you have freedom on our trips and you can always suggest what you want to see or where you want to eat
- Memories - we take lot of pictures on our trips and you can find them online anytime

We require the full amount to be payed via etransfer, credit card or cash before the trip.

You can pay $99 deposit on the time of your booking and the remeainding balance has to be payed 30 days before the trip.


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Meeting point 

2 pm Dufferin Mall in front of Beer Store
2.30 pm York Mills in front of Starbucks
3.30 am - Carpool Hwy 401 & Brock St. South​
We can also stop at anywhere along HWY 401 East on your request (Bellevile, Kingston)​​

Fast Facts

Winterlude takes place along the world’s largest skating rink, the Rideau Canal Skateway, and sites across the Capital.

Close to 600,000 people take part in Winterlude activities – most of which are free – each year.

Fantastic ice carvings by artists from around the world fill Confederation Park in downtown Ottawa.

The world’s biggest snow playground – the Snowflake Kingdom – welcomes kids of all ages to Jacques Cartier Park in downtown Gatineau.

The Winterlude mascots – the Ice Hogs family – are reputed to live under the ice of the frozen Rideau Canal Skateway.

Winterlude has been celebrated in Ottawa and Gatineau for over three decades.
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Winterlude symbol in Ottawa

PRICE $369pp plus tax

  • Return transportation from Toronto

  • 2 nights at 3 star hotel (quadruble room with private washroom, free wi-fi)

  • 2x Amerian Style Breakfast

  • Winterlude visit- Guided tour of Canada´s Parlaiment

  • ByWard Market visit

Additional costs:
  • Lunch and Dinner
  • Skate rental

We require the full amount to be paid via e-transfer or credit card.

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Cash: Please call 647 625 9033 to set up meeting
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