The Snowflake Kingdom at Winterlude: fun for the whole family!

Published on January 10 2024

As in past years, the Snowflake Kingdom promises to be a popular spot at the 46th edition of Winterlude, with plenty of activities for the whole family. Located at the north end of Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau, this gigantic winter playground has become a beloved tradition in the Outaouais. Theres lots of fun to be had, and best of all, its free! Winterlude runs from February2 to19, 2024. 

Three weekends of fun in the snow

The Snowflake Kingdom is back this year as a Winterlude site, but in a new location! Activities will take place at the northern end of Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau. Conveniently close to downtown, this location promises to be lively in February!

By day or by night, take a stroll around the site and check out the activities. There are lots of options for children and their parents, including the Acoustic Zone, a showcase for live music performances. In the evening, the snow sculptures and tube slides are illuminated to keep the fun going well beyond sunset. You’ll see, the atmosphere is magical!

Programming for all ages

There are activities for every age and stage! Challenge your friends and family at the obstacle course, maze and tug-of-war. For an adrenaline rush, try the zip line for $15. You’ll be amazed by the intricate and impressive snow sculptures. Join a game of lacrosse thanks to a partnership with Lacrosse Canada, and relax to the sound of music artists performing short acoustic shows. 

Ready to set a new record? Run, crawl, climb, straddle, cross … that’s what energetic thrillseekers ages 8 to 16 can expect to do on the Big Blizzard, an original obstacle course made of snow, tires and tunnels. Imagine your children’s pride when they accomplish their mission! Be sure to check out the Ice Dig, a one-of-a-kind treasure hunt. This free supervised activity invites young adventurers to use patience and determination! 


Follow the beat and get ready for a breakdance battle featuring some of Eastern Canadas top talent. Catch the spirit of hiphop and street dance culture at this unforgettable evening, February 9 from 7 to 9 p.m.! 


The first weekend of Winterlude will showcase the cultural practices, unique spiritual beliefs, history and languages of Canadas Indigenous peoples. Attend a mini pow-wow at the Canadian Museum of History to celebrate their important role and rich heritage. 


Once again this year, the organizers want to impress you by offering you a unique experience to enjoy with your family. Witness a new feature: the Eiffel Bridge in light! A unique light show lasting around ten minutes, presented several times over a period of one hour, on the Montcalm Street bridge. You will be able to witness the metamorphosis of the bridge thanks to a choreography of lights orchestrated by more than 40 projectors. Experience an unforgettable moment, whether from the bridge itself, its surroundings or even the skating rink on the Brasserie stream.


Every weekend from February 2 to 19, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


We can’t say it often enough: dressing warmly is the key to enjoying winter! After a few hours of playing in the snow, a hot chocolate or a tasty BeaverTail is always welcome. Why not enjoy it while sitting in front of one of the park’s firepits?

To visit the Snowflake Kingdom without having to search for parking, we recommend the free OLG Sno-Bus shuttle service, whose route connects the various Winterlude sites.

If you’re looking for quality family time this winter, you know where to go! With its lively programming and unique winter setting, the Snowflake Kingdom is sure to be a hit.


Do the little ones still have energy to burn? We’ve put together a winter bucket list of 100 ideas for activities to make the most of winter! Be inspired by our original suggestions, from observing wolves to skating through an ice maze.

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