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Ottawa: Winterlude


Ottawa: Winterlude


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Destination: OttawaType: EducationalSubject: General, Geography, History, Art, Science

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Fantastic ice carvings, the world’s biggest snow playground, the Snowflake Kingdom, and the Rideau Canal Skateway welcome visitors to Ottawa during Winterlude for close to 40 years. Balance Ottawa’s history and culture with fun outdoor activities for an unforgettable winter experience.


  • Skating on the Rideau Canal
  • Parliament Hill Centre Block Tour
  • Winterlude's Snowflake Kingdom
  • Visit the Canadian War Museum

Day 1

Board your motor coach and depart

Participate in The Sparktacular Adventure!

Your specialized Tour Leader will lead the group through The Sparktacular Adventure! Students will have a great time as they work in teams to collect points by participating in challenges and activities at various attractions and locations throughout the tour. Let the adventures begin!

Mock Parliament en route

Discover how our Canadian democratic system operates as you work with your group to create and pass your very own bill.

Historic Walking Tour of Ottawa

Walk through Ottawa's history with your Tour Leader. You will be captivated by the stories and legends told by your Tour Leader highlighting Ottawa's rich history as our Nation's Capital. Stops will be made at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the National War Memorial.

Parliament Hill Centre Block Tour OR Outside Looking In Program

Situated on a cliff overlooking the Ottawa River, the Parliament Buildings are historical monuments, architectural treasures, and an important national symbol cherished by all Canadians.  It is within the walls of these buildings that Senators and Members of Parliament debate the important issues of the day, and make our nation's laws.

Full Dinner

Ice Skating on the Rideau Canal

Skate through the heart of Ottawa! Glide 7.8km (4.8 miles) along the Rideau Canal Skateway, the longest skating rink in the world!  NOTE: Skate rentals are available at an additional cost. Subject to weather conditions.

Enjoy a Beaver Tail on the Rideau Canal

Shaped like the iconic Canadian animal's tail, the Beaver Tail is addictive. The delicious fried-dough pastries are topped with a variety of flavors including chocolate hazelnut, maple butter or the classic cinnamon and sugar.

Visit Confederation Park's Ice Sculptures

The ice sculptures created at Confederation Park are a highlight of Winterlude. Ice carvers from around the world turn blocks of ice into stunning works of art. At night, coloured lights reveal the magical beauty of the ice sculptures.

Night Security

Day 2

Full Breakfast

Discovery Caves & Snowshoeing

Experience the thrill of this vast Canadian Shield’s largest visited cave. With ice stalactites and stalagmites, the cave holds many surprises and discoveries during the winter season.  Put on a helmet with a headlamp and follow your guide into the subterranean world to learn about the cave's 20,000 year history. After your visit,  trek through the Laurentian forest on snowshoes, it is magical at this time of the year.

Rideau Centre

Lunch on your own at the Rideau Centre.  With more than a dozen places to eat, the Rideau Centre has something for everyone.  After lunch, the students may be permitted some time to explore the mall.

Sussex Drive Coach Tour

Drive along Sussex Drive, as your Tour Leader comments on points of interest including the residences of the Prime Minister and Governor General.

Winterlude's Snowflake Kingdom

Snowflake Kingdom is the largest snow playground on the continent and offers huge snow slides, an ice maze and extraordinary snow sculptures. A sure place to visit during Winterlude.

Full Dinner

Ottawa Senators Hockey Game - Bronze

Catch an Ottawa Senators hockey game at the Canadian Tire Centre (tickets subject to availability).

Night Security

Day 3

Full Breakfast

Guided Grand Tour at the Canadian War Museum

This tour provides an introduction to the Museum's award-wining architecture, its collection of war art, and its large military vehicles. This stunning structure on the banks of the Ottawa River houses the largest military history collection in Canada, and spans the period from The Seven Years' War to the present day. 

Guided Tour at the Supreme Court of Canada

The Supreme Court of Canada has been Canada's highest court of appeal since 1949.  This tour will familiarize you with the Canadian judicial system and how the decisions made by the Supreme Court Justices affect all Canadians. NOTE: The mock trial is subject to availability and is not guaranteed.

The Byward Market

Time to have lunch on your own and explore one of Canada's oldest and largest public markets. The legendary builder of the Rideau Canal, Leiutenant Colonel John By, laid out the plan for the Market. Within its streets, you will find museums, cafés, specialty food shops, boutiques, restaurants and more. 

Board your motor coach and depart for home