Thousands of people took in the Winterlude festivities in Ottawa Feb 4, 2012. The line ups for a Beavertail were 25 people deep at Confederation Park Saturday. Tony Caldwell/QMI Agency
Players from the Pond Slappers, left, and the Screaming Beavers, right, take part in The Beaver Cup Pond Hockey Festival, 4-on-4 hockey on the Rideau Canal Skateway at Dow's Lake in Ottawa Saturday, February 11, 2012. (DARREN BROWN/QMI AGENCY)
A persons walks past the Winterlude celebrations at Confederation Park in Ottawa , February 7, 2012. Chris Roussakis/QMI Agency
The 2012 Winterlude wimpers to a close as warm weather threatens to melt the fun during the closing week of the winter festival, Friday, February 17, 2012. (DARREN BROWN/QMI AGENCY)
National Capital Commission crews and volunteers are working around the clock to get Jacques Cartier Park ready for Winterlude Thursday, Jan. 19, 2013. (Darren Brown/QMI Agency)
Skaters enjoyed the afternoon at Dows Lake in Ottawa Feb 10, 2012. Weekend two of Winterlude takes place this weekend in Ottawa. Tony Caldwell/QMI Agency
Thousands of people took in the Winterlude festivities in Ottawa Feb 4, 2012. People gathered to take photos of the ice sculptures at Confederation Park Saturday. Tony Caldwell/QMI Agency
Artist Liz Pead sprays down her installation at Confederation Park entitled "Ice Hockey Trees" in advance of Winterlude which officially opens on February 3, 2012. (ERROL MCGIHON/QMI AGENCY)
A family slides down the ice slides as the sun shines on another brisk day at Jacques-Carter Park in Gatineau, QC Sunday, February 12, 2012. (DARREN BROWN/QMI AGENCY)
Thousands of people took in the Winterlude festivities in Ottawa Feb 4, 2012. The most popular attraction was the Rideau Canal for skating. Tony Caldwell/QMI Agency
A member of the Ottawa Stilt Union entertains crowds during last year's Winterlude. Ottawa's premier winter festival runs Feb. 1-18 this year. DARREN BROWN/QMI AGENCY FILES
Aerial dancers Vincent Poliquin-Simms and Andree Rainville of Look Up Aerial Arts perform on the side of Ottawa City Hall as part of the announcement of the line-up of events for the 35th edition of Winterlude, the Capital's winter celebration. December 11, 2012. (Errol McGihon/QMI Agency)
Thousands of people took in the Winterlude festivities in Ottawa Feb 4, 2012. A Canadian flag, which was attatched to a wheel chair, passes the Winterlude sign at Confederation Pak Saturday. Tony Caldwell/QMI Agency
People stop to look at the newly sculpted statues at the Winterlude celebrations at Confederation Park in Ottawa , February 7, 2012. Chris Roussakis/QMI Agency
Q: Are there special packages for this year’s Winterlude? — M. Khoury, Brampton
A: Ottawa is preparing for its 35th Winterlude. The crowd-pleasing winter festival runs Feb. 1-18 this year and will once again be big on skating, snow sculptures and outdoor winter fun. Also watch for concerts and zany competitions. And don’t forget to skate down the Rideau Canal, the world’s largest skating rink.
There are nine official Winterlude hotels with special rates and packages. Here are three examples:
Fairmont Chateau Laurier has a Wildly Winterlude deal from $179 per night. It includes overnight accommodation and coupons for BeaverTails pastry and hot chocolate for a family of four.
Lord Elgin Hotel has a Winterlude Getaway from $189 that includes skate rentals, Starbucks coupons, buffet breakfast, accommodation, free Wi-Fi and unlimited local phone calls.
— Rooms at the
Courtyard Marriott start at $135 plus $20 for daily parking.
For a full list of Winterlude hotel deals, see
canadascapital.gc.ca. For more on events, see winterlude.gc.ca.