The Winterlude Festival
To celebrate winter, people in Ottawa, Ontario, and Gatineau, Quebec, hold a yearly festival called Winterlude that lasts for three weekends. Started in 1979, Canada’s National Capital Commission organizes the said festival. It is considered a tourist attraction in Ottawa since it draws a lot of visitors every year.
This is a massive celebration that showcases a lot of activities outdoors such as ice sculpture contest, public skating, skating along Rideau Canal going to the gothic city, skating display, play areas for kids such as an ice lounge which is the largest playground made of ice, concerts, and many other events offsite.
Another exciting place to visit is the Snowflake Kingdom, which is in Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau. In winter, the park is transformed into a giant snow park with many ice structures and slides and activities and events made for children. The welcoming IceHog family, which is the Winterlude mascot, can be seen here as well.