Brrr!! Ottawa In The Winter

Brrr!! Ottawa In The Winter

The City of Ottawa has a lot things going on that attract visitors the whole year round; festivals, museums… the list is endless. Here are some of the best attractions that Ottawa has or is going to have in the cold days ahead:

The Byward Market

The Byward Market is a district of downtown Ottawa; its name is a reference to the original surveyor of the area, Lieutenant Colonel John By; part of the historic area of Lower Town, it comprises the neighborhood’s main commercial district.

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In the middle, you’ll find the Byward Market building; open year-round, it is a designated Heritage Building and home to a variety of shops and food vendors. In the summer, vendors will set up open-air booths alongside the building as well; in the winter, the building is prime place to arm up after exploring the area and taking in the outdoor offerings of Winterlude. Opoosite one corner of the building is the Beavertails stand; here you can get Ottawa’s favourite winter treat, along with a cup of hot chocolate.

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Due to COVID-19, this years’ Winterlude Festival is going to be significantly scaled-down; normally, there are a host of outdoor winter activities and entertainment, such as live music, and unique live demonstrations; a favourite of the festival is the creation of tire d’erable, lollipops made by reducing maple syrup, pouring it over snow and ice, and then rolling the congealed syrup around a stick. Still taking place this year will be the Ice-Carving Championship, where teams of 2 sculptors from around the country will compete to produce unique works of art with ice to amaze onlookers.


Rideau Canal
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Another interesting part of Winterlude, and also a big attraction on its own, is the Rideau Canal; the 7.8 kilometre stretch between the Hartwell Locks and the downtown locks by the Chateau Laurier is the largest outdoor skating rink in the world. There are multiple access points; some people will even skate from home to their work downtown! The Canal has plenty of spots for rest and bathroom breaks, along with skate rental huts and Beavertail stands if you want to stop and have a quick snack.

This years’ Winterlude Festival runs from February 4th to February 21st.

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