We have arrived at the last weekend of January, a very warm and unusual January in Ottawa. That’s why it’s the perfect time to take advantage of the mild weather to enjoy the winter events happening in the city. Let’s have a look at them!
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1. Greely Winter Carnival
The 50th edition of Greely Winter Festival is here to cheer up the winter season. There will be many activities and entertainment for the whole family, such as a board game night, kids glow dance Friday, pancake breakfasts, magic shows, horse drawn sleigh rides, skating, a comedy show with buffet dinner, and more. Some are free and others are paid.
When: Thursday Jan 26 to Sunday Jan 29.
Where: Greely Community Association, 1448 Meadow Drive, Ottawa, K4P 1B1
2. Ottawa Senators vs Montreal Canadiens
This is a classic hockey battle between the Senators and the Habs that you won’t want to miss!
When: Saturday Jan 28, 7pm.
Where: Canadian Tire Centre, 1000 Palladium Drive
3. Nature Walks in Pinhey Forest for New Canadians
Update: Event postponed until further notice
Join this event and meet other newcomers while exploring a beautiful area of the Ottawa Greenbelt. Limited capacity. FREE.
When: Saturday Jan 29 from 11am to 4pm.
Where: Pinhey Forest, Parking lot 14, 1701 Woodroffe Ave, Nepean.
Details: ‘Nature Walks for New Canadians’ on Facebook.
4. Live Music at Domaine Perrault Winery
An afternoon of wine and live music by Rick McGrath, a solo acoustic performer that sounds like a full band performance. FREE but you have to book a spot.
When: Saturday Jan 28 from 2pm to 4pm.
Where: Domaine Perrault Winery, 1000 Perrault Road. Navan.
5. Kid’s Storytelling Workshop
Join Kathie Kompass and Janet LeRoy for a storytelling workshop designed for kids 8 to 11 years old. FREE.
When: Saturdays Jan 28 to February 25 at 1:30pm.
Where: Ottawa Public Library Calingtwood, 281 Woodroffe Ave, Ottawa.
6. Public Skating at Rideau Hall
The historic skating rink at Rideau Hall, which dates back 1872, will be open to the public every weekend until March 5. FREE. No reservation required. No parking. Parking allowed on adjacent streets.
When: Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5pm. (weather permitting)
7. Musical Evenings at Casino Lac Leamy
Bar 7 at Casino Lac Leamy is launching its musical evenings with a multimedia screen, and live performances, from Thursdays to Saturdays. FREE.
When: Thursday 26 (Latin Fiesta) at 8:30pm ‘Son Candela Latin Band’. Friday 27 and Saturday 28 ‘This side up’ at 9:30pm.
Where: 1, Boulevard du Casino, Gatineau, QC J8Y 6W3.
8. Free Guided Snowshoe Hike at the Gatineau Park
Take a snowshoe hike with a nature interpreter at the Gatineau Park this winter! FREE. Snowshoes are provided. Spaces are limited. Tours in English and French available.
When: Saturdays and Sundays from Jan 14 to March 12.
For information call: (819) 827-2020
9. Farmers’ Winter Market
The Farmers’ market is back for the winter season every Sunday until April 30. Fresh vegetables and fruit, meat, baked goods, spirits, crafts and more. FREE.
When: Sundays from 10am to 3pm.
Where: Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park. 1000 Exhibition Way.
10. Ice skating at the Rink of Dreams
Grab your skates and head to the most popular ice-skating rink in Ottawa for some winter fun! FREE. You can rent skates there!
When: Everyday from 9am to 11pm
Where: 110 Laurier Ave West.
11. Classic Albums Live: The Beatles: Abbey Road
Classic Albums Live takes the greatest albums and recreates them live on stage using the best musicians. This time it is the turn of Abbey Road, by The Beatles. Sunday Jan 29 at 8pm. At National Arts Centre (Southam Hall), 1 Elgin St, Ottawa.
Electronic music event featuring world-renowned British DJ/producer Jody Wisternoff. Sunday Jan 29 at 10pm. Where: City at Night, 222 Slater St. Check out: @ottawaprogvibes on Instagram
13. Owl Rendez-Vous
Watch live owls in a special outdoor exhibition. At the Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod St, from Dec 14 to April 3, 2024.
14. Exhibition: Uramado AR, the awakening of the Tanukis
Uramado is a treasure hunt route in augmented reality. It tells the story of Tanukis which are spirits of the forest from Japanese mythology. The participants are invited to download the free app Uramado AR, Tanukis awake ( on IOS and Android ) to start this treasure hunt. FREE.
When: Mon to Fri from 9am to 12pm; and 2pm-4pm until April 30.
Where: Alliance Française Ottawa, 352 MacLaren St.
15. Mask workshop Uramado
Join this exceptional handcraft workshop where you can get your own Tanuki totem eye-mask! Saturday Jan 28 from 3:30pm to 5pm. At the Alliance Française, 352 MacLaren St.