A getaway for the whole family!

Published on December 21 2017 - Updated on December 13 2018

It’s time to play outdoors! Winterlude is the ideal opportunity to enjoy family fun in Gatineau. Follow your tour guide on an adventure the whole family will enjoy. At least, mine does!

WINTERLUDE: February 1-18

My kids are always thrilled when I tell them we’re going to Winterlude. For one thing, they get to see their parents playing in the snow, a rare event that makes a big impression on their young minds! Winterlude turns 41 this year, and the Snowflake Kingdom is moving to the south end of Jacques Cartier Park for three weekends of free family activities in this gigantic snow playground.


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Are tummies starting to rumble? A few minutes’ walk will take you to downtown Gatineau with its many charming restaurants, perfect for a family meal.


After your meal, explore another top local attraction, indoors this time. Whenever I take my kids there, I always think we’ll only stay an hour or so. And I’m always wrong: no one ever wants to leave! Always beautiful, always fascinating, the Canadian Children’s Museum is an absolute must for families. Take a trip around the world, touch things to your heart’s content, dress up, or imagine you’re a shopkeeper at the local market, an explorer discovering a secret passage, or the captain of a cargo ship. And don’t miss the special workshops: from January 12 to February 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (7 p.m. on Thursdays), kids can build their own musical instruments!

To make the most of your visit to the Canadian Museum of History (which, conveniently, houses the Children’s Museum), you should know that it will host various activities this winter, including some that are part of Winterlude. On February 2 and 3, in the First Peoples Hall, learn about Canada’s Indigenous peoples. Go on an artifact scavenger hunt, handle beaver pelts and skin scrapers, or take a trip to the Arctic without ever leaving the Museum!

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