Travel smart to Winterlude activities

Travel smart to Winterlude activities

Ottawa – Get the most out of Winterlude by spending less time driving and more time having fun. Winterlude runs every weekend from February 3 to 20 with many activities happening at or near City facilities. Here are some travel tips to help you get the most out of your Winterlude outings.

OLG Sno-Bus

This free service will operate between the various Winterlude sites. Please visit and for more information on the OLG Sno-Bus service.

  • Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Family Day, Monday February 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The service, which is sponsored by Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission (OLG), will run every 15 minutes. You are not permitted to board the bus wearing skates. While carrying skates on the bus, use skate-guards to avoid injury or carry your skates at your side by their blades.

For more information, visit or call 613-741-4390. If you are traveling to or from Gatineau, also check for the latest updates on service.

Road closures

During Winterlude weekends, Queen Elizabeth Driveway between Laurier Avenue and Preston Street will be closed to traffic, and also Laurier Avenue from Elgin Street to Nicholas Street. These closures will be in effect:

  • Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Family Day, February 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Parking is available at all municipal parking lots, including at Ottawa City Hall where you can catch the OLG Sno-Bus. If you are parking at City Hall, please use the Elgin Street entrance.

Free transit

If you plan on attending Ottawa 67’s games during Winterlude, your 67’s ticket gets you a free OC Transpo ride on regular public transit routes from three hours before to three hours after the game.