Ottawa Tourism

Epic Winter Fun in the Capital

Ottawa fully embraces the winter season with fun activities for all ages, indoors and out. And this year, the excitement is even more bucket-list worthy than usual! So plan your visit today and come experience these epic winter experiences:

Rideau Canal Skateway

One of the best ways to experience Ottawa is to skate through the city on the world’s largest naturally frozen skating rink – the Rideau Canal Skateway. Each year, this UNESCO World Heritage Site freezes and welcomes nearly one million visitors from roughly January to March (weather depending). Skate the entire 7.8 kilometres, or just a portion of it, day or night, for free!

Canada 150 Skating Rink

For the first time ever, you can skate in front of Parliament Hill! From Dec. 7, 2017 to Feb. 28, 2018, the Canada 150 Skating Rink will be bustling with free skating (reservations required), special guests, as well as a variety of exciting events. Don’t miss the chance of a lifetime to celebrate winter in front of Canada’s most iconic site!


Each year in February, Canada’s Capital Region throws a huge winter party during Winterlude. From Feb. 2 to 19, 2018, free fun throughout the city including activities on the Rideau Canal Skateway, magical sculptures created by ice carvers from around the world, a giant ice and snow playground for all ages and indoor programming. Plus, get ready for some great surprises to celebrate the 40th edition of Winterlude!

Indoor Fun

When it’s time for a warm break, there are plenty of great indoor attractions to explore. Amazing special exhibits and new permanent spaces await at national and local museums!    

Join us in Ottawa for these and other great Canadian winter experience. Plan your Ottawa getaway today!