Hello Again, Winterlude!

Winter Fun in the ByWard Market

Come to Canada’s capital and experience Winterlude with friends and family. From entertaining competitions, beats that make you move, delicious cook-offs, whimsical snow sculptures, and tons of activities for family fun, the Market is the perfect place to celebrate Winterlude like never before.

Can’t find a parking spot? Don’t worry! We’ve got a valet service right here in the Market to make your visit easy and stress-free.

ByWard Market’s 27th Annual Winterlude Stew Cook-Off

When? Friday, February 9, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where? ByWard Market, York Street

Join us on York Street for the 27th Annual ByWard Market Winterlude Stew Cook-off. For only $10 get all the stew you can eat from over 20 ByWard Market restaurants. Vote for your favourite in the Top Shelf Distiller’s People’s Choice Awards. Celebrity judges will pick Russell Hendrix/Ron Eade Chef’s Choice Award.

All proceeds will go to the Lowertown Community Resource Centre.

We have our winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the Russell Hendrix/Ron Eade Judges’ Choice Awards:

1st place: Tucker’s Marketplace

2nd place: Ottawa Mission

3rd place: Heart & Crown

Congratulations to the winners of the Top Shelf Distillers People’s Choice Awards:

1st place: Heart & Crown

2nd place: Tucker’s Marketplace

3rd place: The Fish Market Restaurant

3rd ByWard Market Server Games

When? Sunday, February 11, 1-3:30

Where? Clarence Street between William and Dalhousie (street closures)

Teams from various ByWard Market restaurants, bars, and cafés compete for the title of server champions! Teams compete head to head in various server skills challenges with a Winterlude twist! Visitors are invited to watch the hilarity unfold as servers race around tables balancing full trays while wearing oversized ski-doo suits and snowshoes, bus-boys test their skills wearing oversized mittens. Cheer on your favourites from Winter patios and seating areas along Clarence Street.

Congratulations to the 2018 winners!

1st place: Pub 101

2nd place: Clocktower Brew Pub

3rd place: Aulde Dubliner

ByWard Blizzard Beats – Silent Disco Edition

NB: ByWard Beats is cancelled on Feb 2 due to severe cold

When: Friday and Saturday evenings during Winterlude, 7-10pm

Where: William Square on Feb 3,4,16,17, York Street Feb 9 &10

Join us for the for an amazing Silent Disco at Winterlude 2018 in the ByWard Market. This FREE outdoor dance party will have you shaking off the winter chill while onlookers wonder what the heck you’re doing…because the music can only be heard through headphones! We’ll provide the headphones and have 2 DJs spinning two top music selections. Switch between channels as often as you like! Your headphones will glow to show everyone what you’re listening to.
*Tickets are FREE. Register today! The number of headphones is limited so participation is while supplies last.

Thank you to the ByWard Nut House for their contributions to this event.

BrickmanGraeme – LEGO Master

When: Friday Feb 9, 7-10 pm, and Saturday Feb 10 daytime

Where: by the OTTAWA letters on York Street

LEGO® Master BrickmanGraeme joins us for Winterlude on the evening of Friday February 9, and all day on Saturday February 10 in the heated tent on York Street. Kids of all ages can come help build a wintery theme with Graeme with your favourite building blocks! Great news: it’s free!

Craft Nite Out – Beaded Snowflakes

When: Saturday Feb 10, 1-4 pm

Where: by the Ottawa Letters on York Street

Head over to the huge heated tent on York Street and warm up with the family as you create your own works of art to take home and remember Winterlude: beaded snowflakes!

Cost: FREE

Complimentary Wagon Rides

When: Sundays February 4 & 11, Saturday February 17, and Family Day Monday Feb 19, noon – 4pm

Where: Pick-up and drop-off is at William Square

Relax and explore the ByWard Market in a horse-drawn wagon like they used to back in the day! Let Cundell Stables show you around the neighbourhood during Winterlude and discover what’s beyond the core, all free of charge.

ByWard Blizzard Snow’Art

When? February 2 to 19, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Where? ByWard Market – Various outdoor locations

Come to Ottawa’s historical landmark, food, and entertainment district to experience ByWard Blizzard Snow-Art snow sculpture exhibition. Walk through the area to discover the charm of what was once called ByTown and one of Canada’s oldest public markets, while admiring fantastic artworks made of snow! Visitors are invited to watch as artists carve giant blocks of snow to bring them to life. Sculptures will be on display in various locations throughout the Market all throughout Winterlude.


Waiting on the Train Contest Rules

  • Participants are invited to take a photo of themselves at the To Market LRT Snow’Art sculpture (located behind The Hudson Bay Company on George Street).
  • Tag us on Facebook or Instagram, tweet at us @ByWardMarketBIA or simply email us at bia@byward-market.com and let us know what date you think the LRT Confederation Line will first be open and fully operational for general public use.
  • The person who guesses the correct date will win a weekend for two in the ByWard Market! (weekend includes: hotel, meals, shopping and more!)
  • In the event that more than one person chooses the correct date, a draw will be held to determine the ultimate winner.



Start Date:

February 2, 2018 9:00 am

End Date:

February 19, 2018 11:00 pm


ByWard Market, various locations


events@byward-market.com 613-562-3325