A downtown stroll … even in winter!

Published on January 22 2018

The weather may be cold, but that’s no reason to stay cooped up indoors. On the contrary! Come on outside and play with us! There are snow slides, ice sculptures, skating, lots of great places to warm up and grab a snack or a meal … and a winter pedestrian Culture Trail that links them all together. No doubt about it, downtown is a happening place this winter!

Snowflake Kingdom

Snowflake Kingdom has been the region’s favourite family winter playground for 40 years. Visitors of all ages love the snow sculptures, the different snow slides, the lively programming, and, of course, the Ice Hog family, who moved there a few years ago!

This year,  Snowflake Kingdom is relocating to a new site, but it’s not far from the old one: a little farther down Laurier Avenue, in the northern part of Jacques Cartier Park, and still within easy walking distance of downtown and its restaurants. Once you and the kids are all played out, head over to Piz’za-za for a great pizza, or Bistro CoqLicorne for a Burger du boss.


  • February 2–19
  • Free admission!
  • The park is closed for maintenance on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • Free shuttle service


Great news: After the tremendous success of MosaïCanada 150 in summer 2017, the Mosaïcultures are coming back to Jacques Cartier Park in a winter version! How about a romantic stroll among the illuminated snow sculptures? Mosaïvernales promises to be spectacular!

After a pleasant winter walk with your significant other, what could be nicer than a cozy dinner for two? Le Rustiek, Le Cellier and Les Vilains garçons are three excellent places to keep the evening going in delightful company.


  • January 26–March 4
  • Admission $10
  • Free shuttle service
  • Easy walking distance to restaurants in Old Hull!

Brewery Creek Skating Rink

It’s back! Once again this winter, you can skate on a frozen section of Brewery Creek, from the Montcalm Street Bridge (aka the Eiffel Tower Bridge, so named because it incorporates a steel girder from the Eiffel Tower) to just above the Théâtre de l’Île! No skates? No problem: you can rent them when you get there. Fingers and toes going numb? Warm up in the trailer for a few minutes before heading out for a few more laps.

Feeling peckish? Soif – Wine Bar (after a skate with your date, for instance) and Les Brasseurs du Temps (ideal for a meal with friends and family) are just across Montcalm Street!


  • Open whenever the weather allows
  • Free ($ for equipment rental, free for Accès Gatineau + cardholders)
  • Close to the Montcalm Rapibus station


Ready for some fun? Pull on your toque and long johns and head for downtown Gatineau, a hot spot even in midwinter! Be sure to check www.outaouaistourism.com to not miss a thing! See you soon!

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