Come to Canada’s capital and experience Winterlude 2020! From our delicious ByWard Market Stew Cook-Off | Concours de ragoût du marché By to food tours with C’est Bon Cooking, Copper on Ice at Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market, The Grand Ice Bar at The Grand, Accora Village Bed Race for Kiwanis to Creos Light and Sound Installations: Cycle by Serge Maheu – studio / Illuminart and Oscillation by The Urban Conga, Disegno Fine Jewellery One-Time-Per-Year-Only sale, Sur-Lie Restaurant Ottawa Tastes of Winterlude, Courtyard by Marriott Ottawa Downtown Hot Cocoa for CHEO + FUN Family Day activities: LEGO pop-up with Dymond Bricks, FREE wagon rides with Cundell John Stables and a petting zoo the kids will LOVE + Anna & Elsa from Frozen visit The Grand — ByWard Market is the perfect destination to celebrate Winterlude 2020!

ByWard Blizzard – Winterlude 2020 

Aulde Dubliner wins ByWard Market’s 29th Annual Winterlude Stew Cook-Off

Photos courtesy of the Department of Canadian Heritage

Thanks to all who attended our 29th Annual ByWard Market Winterlude Stew Cook-off and CTV for hosting our event and supporting Winterlude kick-off in the ByWard Market!

Thanks to our MC Councillor Mathieu Fleury, Celebrity Judges and Prize Sponsors: La Bottega NicastroC’est Bon Cooking and Top Shelf Distillers. + and Art-is-in Bakery for providing delicious bread!

Thanks also to Mayor Jim Watson for attending our 29th Annual Stew Cook-Off and supporting this ByWard Market Winterlude tradition.


Top Shelf Distillers People’s Choice:
1. The Aulde Dubliner & Pour House
2. The Fish Market Restaurant
3. Courtyard Restaurant

Judges’ Choice – Prizing by La Bottega Nicastro and C’est Bon Cooking:
1. Aulde Dubliner
2. Heart & Crown – ByWard Market
3. Courtyard Restaurant

All proceeds were donated to the Lowertown Community Resource Centre.

February 8/9, 2-5pm

Friday, January 31st, 2pm to 5pm under the Courtyard Ottawa Downtown canopy: Hot Cocoa for CHEO. We will set up a hot chocolate station with toppings and all proceeds will go to CHEO. If it’s successful, we will do it every Friday of Winterlude. Hot chocolate station will be inside the hotel on Saturday 2pm – 5pm as well with donations. If anyone wants to pass by if they are in the market!


When: Feb. 1 – Feb. 15
Where: Disegno Fine Jewellery, 100 Murray Street in the Byward Market, between Parent & Dalhousie
Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 11-3 (later by appointment); Thursday & Friday 11-6; Saturday 11-5. Closed Sunday & Monday
Disegno Fine Jewellery’s One-Time-Per-Year-Only sale with savings up to 70% off on 18k gold, platinum and sterling silver jewellery. Specializing in Custom Designing in 18k gold and platinum by designer and certified gemmologist Pamela Coulston (GG, FCGmA).

Sur-Lie Restaurant: Tastes of Winterlude – 110 Murray Street

January 31 – February 17: 5pm – close every night
Tastes of Winterlude: Enjoy an all Canadian inspired Pre-fixe menu for only $45
Enjoy an all Canadian inspired Pre-Fixe menu. Three courses for only $45 at one of Ottawa’s award-winning restaurants in the heart of the ByWard Market.

Family Day Wood Carving with Josh Dagg:​ Feb. 15, 16 and 17, 11-4pm / George Street Plaza

Photo by Capital Current

FREE Face Painting with Lynne Art 11am-3pm
Feb. 8/9: 55 ByWard Market Square
Family Day Weekend: URBAN BARN

Saturday, Feb. 8: 12-4pm and Sunday, Feb. 9, 11am-3pm — 55 ByWard Market Square
Saturday, Feb. 15 / Sunday, Feb. 16 / Monday, Feb. 17: 11am-3pm — URBAN BARN

Come and enjoy face painting with your kids at 55 ByWard Market Square throughout Feb. 8/9 and Family Day weekend!

LEGO POP-UP with BrickmanGraeme – LEGO Master

When: Saturday, Feb. 15, Sunday, Feb, 16, and Family Day: February 17, 2020, 10am-5pm
Where: Urban Barn, 22 York St unit b, Ottawa, ON K1N 5S6

LEGO® Master BrickmanGraeme joins us for Winterlude 2020 from 10am-5pm on Saturday, Feb. 15 to Family Day, Monday, Feb. 17. Kids of all ages can come help build a wintery theme with Graeme with your favourite building blocks and local LEGO builders! FREE!

►►► Come be the Y in ByWard at Urban Barn and participate in sharing the story of residents and businesses that make the ByWard Market!

C’est Bon Cooking – Winterlude 2020 – ByWard Market Winter Warm-Up Tour

A family-friendly 2-hr guided, walking food tour of the ByWard Market. Sample foods from various specialty food shops, producers and restaurants in the area all while learning about the history of Canada’s oldest market. Savoury bites, hot beverages, and sweet treats – including the world-famous BeaverTail™ – are included.


Duration: 2 hours
Distance: 800m
Price: $58 per person, plus tax
Discount for 4+ tickets purchased
Afternoons on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays of Winterlude: Feb 1-17, 2020

2020 Accora Village Bed Race for Kiwanis

When: February 15, 2020
Where: York Street and Dalhousie

The annual Accora Village Bed Race for the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa is one of the highlights of Winterlude. 50 teams of 4 runners and one rider compete with modified and decorated beds for honours and prizes as the fastest bed, the best decorated bed and the best fund raisers. Put your team together for the race on February 15, 2020. This will be the 40th running of the Bed Race, and the 18th organized by the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa.

The event will take place on York Street near Dalhousie with a large number of other activities. This event is a lot of fun for participants, and the funds raised goes to support the Kiwanis Aktion Club and other Kiwanis Club of Ottawa’s projects and the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation.

Registration is available now ->

CREOS Interactive Light and Sound Installation: Oscillation and Cycle

When: Friday, January 31 to Family Day: Monday, February 17, 2020
Where: York Street and William Street

Creos offers original and powerful interactive installations that redefine, enliven and embellish public spaces all over the globe.

Oscillation (in front of The Grand)

Creator and owner: The Urban Conga
Tour producer: Creos

Giant crystals that come alive through movement Oscillation is an interactive installation that uses sight, sound, and movement to spark community activity and social interaction through play. The installation acts somewhat like a theremin, an unusual musical instrument that you can play without touching it. As you walk toward the piece, it plays different sounds and pitches depending on your distance from it. And as you move and dance around it, colours reflect and refract light in different ways based on your angle and position. Oscillation is made up of five parts that are deconstructed from a solid cube using a Voronoi algorithm. The crystal-like forms can be moved around and placed in a variety of formations. The result is totally immersive experience that breaks down social barriers and fuels joyful conversations between strangers.

Cycle (William Square)


Creation: Serge Maheu 
Production: Illuminart (Montreal, Canada)

Tour producer: Creos

Inspired by the revolutions of the sun and the moon, Cycle is an interactive installation that illuminates your open space. Composed of a series of modules allowing various configurations, and equipped with several light animation sequences, Cycle delights with its variations in intensity and colour. Diffusing brightness from its core, it evokes the halo effect of an eclipse. In a maestria of light and sound, Cycle comes to life at the rhythm of bystanders’ interactions. By moving to the beat of the ambient music, the young and the young at heart transmit their energy to Cycle, transforming it into a larger-than-life musical sequencer.




Come chill out at Ottawa’s only Outdoor Ice Bar, in the ByWard Market. 10ft bar made of crystal clear ice blocks, featuring Stoli Vodka, Bearface Whiskey,  seasonal cocktails & Kichesippi Beer (Craft Brewed in Ottawa). Enjoy maple taffy & roast marshmallows around our fire pits or warm up with hot chocolate, tea and coffee. A unique Canadian winter experience.

GRAND ICE BAR open on Winterlude weekends Jan 31 – Feb 17
Opening times: FRI 4pm / SAT 12pm / SUN 12PM

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Anna & Elsa from Frozen visit The Grand

Wander into a wondrous wintry moment and come face-to-face with the princesses from Frozen. Enjoy an enchanted afternoon at our outdoor patio, warm up by the fire pits, and have a pizza or two. Meeting, greeting and photo opportunities. We will have hot chocolate and seasonal beverages. This is a FREE event, please no outside food!

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Full calendar of events at The Grand

Complimentary Wagon Rides and Petting Zoo


When: Sundays: February 2, 9, 16, Saturdays: February 8 & 15, and Family Day: Monday, Feb 17, noon – 4pm
Where: Pick-up and drop-off is at William Square for wagon rides / York Street/ByWard for Petting Zoo

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.

Bring your family so the kids can enjoy our Petting Zoo, open Family Day Weekend: Feb, 15, 16 and 17 from 11am-3pm.


NATIONAL ART GALLERY: February 2020 Programming

FEBRUARY FAMILY FUN: Art is happening at the Gallery 

*         Family programming inspired by the exhibition Àbadakone | Continuous Fire | Feu continuel

*         The Gallery is open on Family Day, Monday, February 17

*         MoveCamp, the popular fun-filled exercise program for all ages returns Saturday, February 29

OTTAWA, February 5, 2020 – Family is at the heart of the National Gallery of Canada’s February programming with art-filled events, activities and tours for every age. Babies, toddlers, children, teens, adults and seniors are invited to make, play and celebrate art. Programming this month is inspired by the works in the European, American, Canadian and Indigenous Galleries, as well as those in the special exhibitions Àbadakone | Continuous Fire | Feu continuel, and the popular Beautiful Monsters in Early European Prints and Drawings (1450-1700).

Some events are free and others are free with admission. Year-round, the Gallery is pleased to offer free access to children 11 years of age and under. Admission to the National Collection is free to everyone Thursday evenings throughout the year. Family admission for two adults and up to three children under the age of 17 is $34. A Family Annual Membership for two adults and up to six children under the age of 17 with unlimited access to exhibitions, activities and great family memories is $105.

FAMILY SUNDAY” FUTURE IS ART – Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020

Imagine a future full of art! Get swept forward through art, space and time! Explore new visions of the future and reimagined worlds through the works of Indigenous artists featured in our special exhibition Àbadakone | Continuous Fire | Feu continuel. Take part in a hoop-dance workshop with traditional hoop dancer Theland Kicknosway, then enjoy a live performance with glow-in-the-dark hoops! Family Sundays run from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, for children ages 0–11 and their adults.


  1.     Dance Workshops with Hoop Dancer Theland Kicknosway

Theland Kicknosway is Wolf Clan, of the Potawatami & Cree Nation and a member of Walpole Island, Bkejwanong Territory in Southern Ontario. He is a singer as well as a grass and hoop dancer. The dance workshops will be offered in the Water Court Foyer throughout the day (10:15 am to 10:40 am; 1:00 pm to 1:20 pm; and 2:30 pm to 2:50 pm).

  1.     Performances by Hoop Dancer Theland Kicknosway

Performances by young artists and Hoop Dancer Theland Kicknosway will also be presented in the auditorium (10:50 am to 11:05 am; 1:30 pm to 1:45 pm; and 3:00 pm to 3:15 pm). All Ages.

  1.     Art Making: Hanging Sculptures!

Art doesn’t always hang on a wall! Create a sculpture that swings and sways, inspired by Jordan Bennett’s colourful Tepkik hanging in the Scotiabank Great Hall. This workshop takes place in the Great Hall from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

  1.     Screening: Molly of Denali (26 min)

The animated television series Molly of Denali recounts the life and adventures of 10-year-old Molly Mabray, a Gwich’in / Koyukon / Dena’ina Athabascan girl who lives in the rural Alaskan town of Qyah with her family. Molly and her family run the Denali Trading Post, serving the locals, tourists, trekkers and scientists who pass through. The episode titled Name Game (12 min) tells the story of Molly wanting to get her Indigenous name when she discovers that her Mom, Dad and others in the community have one. English screenings (26 min) will be In the Lecture Hall at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:30 pm. Ages 5+.

  1.     Inuit Games

Join educators from the Inuuqatigitt (Centre for Inuit Children, Youth and Families) in the Scotiabank Great Hall and try out some traditional Inuit games. These physical games help build strength, endurance and agility. Ages 5+. Bilingual sessions are offered at 11:30 am, 1:45 pm, and 3:15 pm.


Gallery Tour: Àbadakone | Continuous Fire | Feu continuel
Be inspired by the work of contemporary Indigenous artists from around the world. During the 30-minute tour you will examine hanging sculptures, explore a glowing room, and discuss what the artists used to make their works. Ages 4–12. Departs from Scotiabank Great Hall. English: 11:15 am, 1:30 pm and 3:15 pm | French: 10:30 am, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm.

Gallery Games: Sculpt-it!
Have a sci-fi adventure with Sculpt-it. Games provided. Ages 5+. This event will take place in the Fred & Elizabeth Fountain Garden Court from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Songs and Stories
Explore colour and shapes in contemporary Indigenous works of art. Ages 0–3. Departs from Scotiabank Great Hall. English: 11:15 am, 1:30 pm and 3:15 pm | French: 10:30 am, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm.

TOP 5 “FAMILY DAY” EVENTS – Monday, February 17, 2020

Spotlight Talks – Àbadakone | Continuous Fire | Feu continuel (Free)
Monday, February 17, 2020 | 2:00pm: English, 2:30pm: French

Join interpreters in the Gallery’s public spaces (Main Entrance, Colonnade, Scotiabank Great Hall, Concourse, Rotunda) for fascinating ten-minute talks on selected artworks from this exhibition featuring international contemporary Indigenous art.

Inuit Throat Singing (Free)
Join us for an afternoon of Inuit throat singing with Tarniriik youth performers Samantha and Cailyn who will demonstrate and share their throat singing skills. Tarniriik will perform in the Water Court Foyer at 1:00 pm and 2:45 pm.

Film Screening (Free)
Tia and Piujuq — Duration: 1 h 20 min. Filmed on location in Montreal and Igloolik, Tia and Piujuq is a children’s movie. In the film, Tia, a 10-year-old Syrian refugee living in Montreal, finds a magic portal and travels to the Arctic. There, she befriends an Inuk girl with whom she immerses herself into a world of Inuit myth and magic. Tia and Piujuq is screened as part of Àbadakone | Continuous Fire | Feu continuel. The film screening will take place in the Auditorium at 1:15pm (English subtitles) and 3:45pm (French subtitles).


Families are invited to experience the Gallery, play art games, make their own artworks and share art with other kids. Artissimo activities are for children ages 3 and older accompanied by an adult. Participation is included with Gallery admission.

Artissimo Studio – Imagination Station

Have fun and get messy! Join us in the Studio for Imagination Station. It’s play time! Boxes, yarn, wire, tape, paint! Each week there will be new materials to spark your imagination. Get inspired, start working, and see where your ideas lead you. This activity is offered February 8, February 15-17 and February 22-23 from 10am to 4pm. Participation is included with Gallery admission.

Artissimo – Métis beadwork

Experience the galleries, play art games, and make your own artworks. This month, make your own sticker art inspired by Métis beadwork. Ages 3+ accompanied by an adult. Look for the red kiosk. This activity is offered February 8, February 15-17 and February 22-23 from 10am to 4pm. Participation is included with Gallery admission.