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Celebrate Winterlude 2021

Since its creation back in 1979, Winterlude has remained one of Ottawa’s most exciting annual winter events. Between ice carving competitions, artistic performances and displays, live concerts, and ice skating along the Rideau Canal Skateway, Winterlude is the ultimate winter celebration for those in the Ottawa-Gatineau region.

However, with tight federal, provincial, and municipal restrictions on public gatherings and events due to COVID-19, it’s safe to say Winterlude 2021 will have quite a different feel to it. But, in true show business fashion, the classic saying “the show must go on” definitely holds true.

The organizers of Winterlude 2021 are pulling out all the stops to continue to bring celebration and entertainment to those who are still looking to take part in some winter festivities!

For those who still want to be able to observe this classic Ottawa event this year, here is how you can take part in Winterlude 2021.

When It’s On

Winterlude is annually hosted during the first three weekends of February each year, which means Winterlude 2021 is scheduled to take place between Friday, February 5 and Saturday, February 20.

These dates will not be affected by the COVID-19 event limitations as the organizers of the event have worked hard to ensure their shows, displays, and concerts will still be able to reach you during these first three weekends of February.

Where To Go

For the very first time in Winterlude’s history, this 43rd edition of the event will be an entirely virtual experience. There’s no need to go or travel anywhere, as you will be able to enjoy the full festivities of Winterlude 2021 from across the country in your own home.

The Winterlude 2021 celebrations will officially kick-off at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, February 5. Catch the opening ceremonies on the first weekend of the event by visiting the Canadian Heritage YouTube channel, where Winterlude 2021 organizers will be hosting a live-stream broadcast.

What To See

There is still so much to see during the three-week virtual celebration!

Make sure to catch the first-ever virtual Winterlude National Ice-Carving Competition, which will be simultaneously held in real-time featuring contestants across Yellowknife, Winnipeg, Halifax, Ottawa, Gatineau, Banff/Lake Louise, and the city of Québec.

Then, watch award-winning Canadian figure skater Elladj Baldé take to the ice for a special Winterlude 2021 virtual performance. Live performances by talented Canadian musicians such as Ariane Moffatt, William Prince, Corneille, Faouzia, the NAC Orchestra, Ria Mae, Tracy Trash, Masson Stomp, and Alexandre Tétrault and the Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers will also be broadcasted live.

For a sneak peek of what’s to come, watch this Winterlude 2021 preview video on the Canadian Heritage YouTube channel.

While we’re still excited about celebrating Winterlude 2021 despite the in-person restrictions, and even more excited to celebrate in next year’s event in Ottawa in 2022. Will you be coming to celebrate too? Drop us a line to get our expert advice on what to do and see by contacting our knowledgeable Ottawa-based team here.