This photo album show cases the incredibly fun Ottawa Winterlude Festival which is held every year during the month of February from the 2nd to 18th. Winterlude is all about enjoying fun outdoor winter activities be it skating on the Ottawa Rideau Canal Skateway, cross country skiing in the Gatineau Hills, or downhill skiing at the four local area ski resorts. This large photo album takes you both skating on the Ottawa Rideau Canal and skiing at each of the four nearby Ottawa ski resorts. Skating on clear cold days and skiing on those wonderful snowy winter days. The Ottawa Winterlude Festival is a family event and so make sure to bring your kids if you have any! If you don't have any kids try to borrow some, because it will make your experience on the Ottawa Rideau Canal Skateway all that much more fun. You will not be surprised when I tell you then that 50% or more of the people on the Ottawa Rideau Canal Skateway are kids and they definitely know how to have fun! If your kids are too young to skate do not worry at all. Bring your stroller onto the ice or bring a toboggan to pull your kids or rent one of the popular the sleds to help push your kids and other family members around. At 7.8km (5 miles) long the Ottawa Rideau Canal Skateway is the longest outdoor ice rink in the world. A round trip is 15.6km (10 miles) and it is a fantastic way to get outdoor exercise and fresh air in the winter time. To help make your skate more enjoyable and give you lots of energy there are Beavertail Huts spaced at strategic locations along the length of the Ottawa Rideau Canal Skateway. They are great places to purchase a delicious Beavertail Pastry topped with your favorite ingredients and to get a hot chocolate to warm you up if you get a little chilly. The four local area ski resorts include Camp Fortune, Mont Cascade, Edelweiss, and Vorlage all within 20-30 minutes of downtown Ottawa. These four ski resorts are open 7 days a week and offer both daytime and night time skiing. The rates are very affordable and are hourly based. For skiers all four local area ski resorts are perfect family destinations. They offer ski rentals, ski lessons, restaurants, cozy lodges, and of course great skiing terrain for all levels of ability. Most of all though come and enjoy Ottawa's Winterlude Festival. It is the event of the year!!