Winter is in full swing and after the holidays hit in full force, kids will still be off school and it is a great time for families to travel. Luckily, after the major holidays are over, winter is still filled with a host of festivals, local holidays and wonderful traditions you can join in to continue the holiday cheer.
Ottawa, Canada is not only the capital city of the nation, but a gorgeous area to explore. This family-friendly escape is especially lovely in winter as snow dots the cityscape and warm thoughts give way to festive cheer. Their annual Winterlude is in its 45th year in 2015 and sure to delight parents and children alike.
This year it runs from January 30 – February 16, 2015
Winterlude, or Bal de Neige, celebrates all that is winter with a series of events and activities, most of which are FREE. This festival take place over three weekends and includes ice skating (on the Rideau Canal Skateway, the world’s largest naturally frozen ice skating rink) hockey, entertainment, culinary events, ice sculpting a winter triathlon and more. The festival is extremely family friendly, with a “Snowflake Kingdom”that features snow slides, obstacle courses and more to keep active kids engaged and excited. Most activities are offered on the weekends, but the Ice skating, sculptures and Snowflake Kingdom are available during the week.
See The Calendar for an Overview of events and decide when you would like to visit. While most events are free and don’t require tickets, some do so confirm the activities you would like to participate in on their activity listings. Winterlude is handicap accessible and open to all.
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