Ottawa woke up to a frostbite warning this morning, and how fitting! Mother Nature is really putting the winter in Winterlude. Be sure to bundle up, as this week’s Ottawa events is 100% dedicated to the final week of the popular February festival.
Friday, February 17th and Saturday, February 18th – Winter Wines and Beers
Why does it seem like the events I list every week always include one drinking event? (Rhetorical question, I really have no idea!) Just be sure to read our Guide to Public Drunkeness, and head over to Maison du Citoyen in Gatineau for this fun winter tasting event.
Saturday, February 18th, 11AM-3PM – Snowflake in the Glebe with Ottawa Rickshaws
Did you think Ottawa Rickshaws packs up and hibernates all winter? Not quite. This upcoming Saturday, we’re making our second Winterlude appearance, giving free rides along the Rideau Canal in the Glebe. You can find us outside the Canal Ritz, at the Fifth Avenue entrance to the Canal. Take a break from skating and get V.I.P. service into the Glebe for a warm coffee, lunch or some shopping. There will also be an Ottawa Food Bank fundraising event at the corner of Fifth Ave. and Bank St.
Saturday, February 18th, 11:30AM-2:30PM – Public Ice Carving Competition
A Winterlude classic! Even if you’re not an artistic type, head down to Confederation Park across from City Hall to witness some of the best amateur carvers from Ottawa and the surrounding regions, and vote for the winner. Think you got what it takes to create a masterpiece? Register here, and get ready to show off your skills. However, as the image above shows, the competition is always fierce!
Sunday, February 19th, starting at 8AM – Winterman Marathon
The hardcore of the hardcore do what most of us can’t…in 20 below temperatures. Come cheer the competitors on as they compete in 3k, 5k, 10k, half, and full marathons. Don’t worry, everyone gets a medal at this one.
What other events are you planning to attend this week?