Winterlude 2017 kicks off on Friday February 3rd with a free launch party at 6 p.m. at Confederation Park. The festivities will stretch out over three weekends until Feb. 20!

Skating on the canal, viewing ice sculptures, beaver tails and hot chocolate!  Just a few of my favorite things in Winterlude!

Some new events this year:

Ice Dragon Boat Festival: For the first time in North America, dragon boats will race down the frozen Rideau Canal Skateway. Be there to cheer them on Feb. 17-18.

Canada 150 Maze: Visit the Dream of Canada exhibit at Jacques-Cartier Park and challenge yourself as you make your way through the celebratory maze. Open Mondays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sundays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays).