Discover your city this winter – Winterlude edition

January 28, 2016
Public Service Announcement


Ottawa – It’s Winter in the City and there’s a lot to do in and around Ottawa, especially during Winterlude, with events at City partner sites between January 29 and February 15.


Enjoy the season by going for a skate at a City facility or signing up for a course. Join the excitement at a Senators game or at Lansdowne with the Ottawa 67’s. Celebrate the arts at Centrepointe Theatres and Shenkman Arts Centre, or discover the past at a City museum or the Ottawa Archives.


Dust off your skates because the Sens Rink of Dreams, Ben Franklin Place Skating Rink and the Lansdowne Skating Court are open, or sled down one of the City’s approved sledding hills when weather and hill conditions permit. Keep checking for updates. Also, public skating sessions at City facilities are free on weekends until March 27, compliments of RBC Royal Bank.


Visit Mooney's Bay Park (Terry Fox Athletic Facility) and enjoy 5 km of groomed and well-lit ski trails. Learn how to cross-country ski or improve your skills with a lesson package that suits you.


City Hall is a great place to visit this season with the Karsh-Masson Gallery, Barbara Ann Scott Gallery, and the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame.


Be sure to check out Winter in the City to keep up-to-date on what’s happening around town.


Winterlude opening weekend


The City of Ottawa is a proud partner site for Winterlude 2016. Visit for a complete listing of activities at City facilities.


City Hall – 110 Laurier Avenue West

  • Free pancake breakfast, January 30
  • Enbridge Energy on Ice, January 30 and 31
  • Ottawa 2017 Experience, January 30 and 31
  • TechnoSnow, January 31


Lansdowne Park

  • Can You Hack it? Introduction to curling, Lansdowne Park Skating Court, Friday, January 29, 30 and 31
    (Skating will be unavailable during curling sessions)
  • Polar Hero, Aberdeen Pavilion, Saturday, January 30
  • Community Snow Sculpture Contest, Saturday, January 30 (Sculptures on display until February 15)
  • Ottawa Museum Zone, Aberdeen Pavilion, Sunday, January 31
  • Guinness Book of World Records attempt, most snowmen in one hour, Sunday, January 31


OLG Sno-bus will take you between City Hall, Lansdowne Park and other sites during Winterlude weekends.


Visit the official Winterlude website, for a complete itinerary of activities around the National Capital Region.


Winter in the City 10-day look ahead including Winterlude next week:


Runs until February 29

You can enjoy two hours of free on-site parking at Lansdowne when you have lunch at any Lansdowne restaurant between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday to Friday. Bring your underground parking garage ticket to a participating restaurant to receive the free parking validation. And remember to bring your skates so you can visit the Skating Court too.


Runs until March 19
Taverns and Troublemakers exhibit, Gallery 112, Ottawa Central Archives


January 28

  • Right By You at the Movies, presented by Partners for Mental Health, Shenkman Arts Centre


January 30

  • Ottawa 67’s vs. Owen Sound Attack, TD Place Arena, Lansdowne
  • Ottawa Health and Wellness Expo, Shenkman Arts Centre


January 31

  • Ottawa Farmers’ Winter Market, Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne


February 2

  • Snowshoe running with Mad Trapper and Run Ottawa, Great Lawn, Lansdowne


February 3

  • Free Workshop Wednesday, Horticulture Building, Lansdowne


February 4

  • Ottawa Senators vs. Edmonton Oilers, Canadian Tire Centre


February 5

  • Preschool Playdates, Billings Estate National Historic Site
  • Dominic Paquet - Rien qu's'une gosse!, presented by: MIFO and Desjardins, Shenkman Arts Centre
  • Ottawa 67’s vs. Hamilton Bulldogs, TD Place Arena, Lansdowne


February 6

  • kick IT - a dance club for kids, Centrepointe Theatres Presents, Centrepointe Studio
  • Evening of Friendship, presented by Amateur Cultural Artistic Society, Shenkman Arts Centre
  • Into the Kitchen, Billings Estate National Historic Site
  • Hockey Day in Ottawa, Citywide
  • Ottawa Senators vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, Canadian Tire Centre


Winterlude next week


City Hall – 110 Laurier Avenue West

  • Enbridge Energy on Ice, February 6 and 7
  • Ottawa 2017 Experience, February 6 and 7
  • Get in the Game With Motivate Canada! February 6 and 7
  • Military Band Concert, February 7
  • TechnoSnow, February 7


Lansdowne Park

  • Can You Hack it? Introduction to curling, Lansdowne Park Skating Court, February 5, 6 and 7
    (Skating will be unavailable during curling sessions)
  • Community Snow Sculpture Contest winners, February 5 (Sculptures on display until February 15)
  • Blizzard Bowl, February 6
  • Cracking-Up the Capital, festival finale, February 6
  • Ottawa Museum Zone, Aberdeen Pavilion, February 7


Shenkman Arts Centre

  • Fête Frissons, February 6
  • Mudmen, presented by Shenkman Arts Centre Presents, February 6

 Plan your route before heading out to your next event. The City of Ottawa has a number of online tools at to help motorists, cyclists and transit users get to their destination as easily as possible. 


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