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Winter Celebration

February 11, 2023 - 12:30 - 16:30

The public is invited to attend Winter Celebration on Saturday, February 11, 2023, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Rideau Hall. Once again, this event is officially part of Winterlude.

All activities are free of charge.


Young and old alike will have fun outside while taking part in winter sports and activities on the grounds of the official residence and workplace of the governor general.


Discover Rideau Hall’s beautiful winter grounds and learn about how you can be active outside during the coldest months of the year.


Lace up your skates in the Winter Pavilion, a stunning heritage building, and skate on the outdoor rink.


Stop at the residence to visit the State rooms where the governor general fulfills official duties, welcomes dignitaries and honours Canadians.


Bring gently used winter outerwear for the Snowsuit Fund. There will be donation bins available at each entrance.


A free Winterlude shuttle bus will run in a loop from downtown (Metcalfe Street) to Rideau Hall every hour between 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. with the last bus departing Rideau Hall at 4:30 p.m.

Visitors are also encouraged to walk or use public transportation or taxis to get to Rideau Hall. Limited free parking will be available on the streets in the surrounding neighbourhood.

Limited parking for persons with mobility restrictions will be available on the Rideau Hall grounds via the Princess Gate on a first come, first served basis (accessible parking permit required).


Post your photos of the day’s activities on social media by using the hashtags #WinterCelebration #Rideau Hall and #MyRideauHallMoment.


This event is made possible thanks to the generosity and participation of many embassies and organizations located in the National Capital Region.

Winter Celebration Activities – For a full list of activities please visit the Event website.



February 11, 2023
12:30 - 16:30
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Rideau Hall
1 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A1 Canada
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