Winterlude at the Bytown Museum

The 39th edition of Winterlude runs from February 3 to 20, 2017 throughout Ottawa and Gatineau. The Bytown Museum is proud to be an official partner of the festival and will be open 7 days a week throughout the duration from 11 am – 4 pm. WL-Partner_FreEng_Colour

Admission is reduced to only $1.50

Stop by the museum to warm up with hot apple cider, discover the history of Ottawa, and participate in our special programming which includes:

  • tours
  • ice sculptures
  • and children’s activities.

Snap Tours

February 4-5, 11-12, 18-20

Take a break from skating and warm up on one of our special Winterlude tours. In 15 minutes, our tour guides will highlight the unique stories and characters of Ottawa’s past hiding beneath the objects and artifacts of our temporary exhibit, A Century of Community.

Bytown Blizzard

Daily throughout the festival

The weather outside is frightful – help us bring the storm indoors! Make your own snowflake and add it to our Bytown Blizzard to create a winter wonderland in Ottawa’s oldest stone building. All the supplies you need are provided by the museum.

Ice Sculpture Demonstration

February 11th

Help us kick off our 100th anniversary year in style! Join us outside the Bytown Museum as we bring ice sculptures to life. This year we celebrate the past and look forward to the future, all while having a little fun along the way.


A Century of Community

Opening February 3rd

Be among the first group to discover our brand new exhibition: A Century of Community



As a non-profit and registered charity, the Bytown Museum relies on the generous support and assistance granted by the community. We would like to extend our gratitude to the DRBIA for their assistance with our #ChillFactor2017 programming.

Downtown Rideau BIA