December 1 - January 6
Head over to Wesley Clover Parks and take in a beautiful 2km drive through spectacular sparkling lights and holiday animations. A percentage of the proceeds from each car load will go to the Ottawa Senator’s Foundation. Last year’s event raised over $47,000!
December 2 - 23 (select days)
Support local and get some holiday shopping done at Lansdowne Park inside the Aberdeen Pavilion. With over 120 vendors you’ll find plenty of locally grown and made food, arts and crafts and other great stocking stuffers! The market will also have a kid’s crafting corner and horse and wagon rides. Admission: FREE.
February 2 - 19
For three full weekends in February check out Ottawa’s Winterlude! The first weekend hosts a Winterlude kick-off party in Confederation Park amongst the serene ice sculptures and includes a dance party and live music.
February 16 - 17
The third annual Winter Brewfest will take place in the warmth of the Horticulture building at Lansdowne Park. Grab some friends and sample brews from over 100 microbreweries from Ontario and Quebec. There will be gourmet food, there will be taffy on ice, and there will be a bonfire.
December 7 - 31
For the first time ever a family skating rink will be constructed on Parliament Hill and will open to the public on the first day of the Lights Across Canada festival.
December 1 - January 6
This outdoor lights festival is the largest in Eastern Ontario and even has horse-drawn wagon rides! “Close to one million lights adorn the heritage buildings, trees and fences of Upper Canada Village creating a one-of-a-kind magical backdrop for its annual Alight at Night Festival - a true winter wonderland!”
December 7 - January 7
The official switch is flipped on Parliament Hill at 7pm on the 7th of December. This illumination festival is in its 33rd year and extends to all other provincial and territory capitals in Canada. The free ceremony includes carols, on-site performances, and a pyrotechnics show!
December 1 - February 14
Purchase your ticket(s) today in support of the 10,000 animals the Ottawa Humane Society helps each year. To purchase your ticket(s) call 613-725-3166 x 238. Early bird draw will be held January 12th, and the grand prize draw will be on February 14th. First place prize is $5,000, second place is $3,000, and third place will receive $2,000
December 2 - 21 (select days)
On select days in December bring your furry friends to the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) to have their holiday portrait taken with Santa! All proceeds go directly to supporting the animals at the OHS. No appointments necessary, first come, first serve basis.
A great excuse to get dressed to the nines and support charities for children with autism and special needs. The event will have dancing, a Las Vegas style charity casino, auctions and all guests will be entered for a door prize worth $10,000!!
Winter dates tbd
Looking for something fun and different to do this winter? Keep your eyes peeled for the grand opening of this magical skating trail in the heart of Lac Des Loups, QC. Experience a true winter wonderland, on a 3km long and 3 meter wide enchanted trail just 40 minutes from Ottawa.
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Outdoor Blockwalks are suspended on Ontario Statutory Holidays, thunderstorms (or analogous), any day when the projected rain forecast is equal to or greater than 1mm precipitation during Blockwalk hours (snow exempted), any winter afternoon where the temperature with windchill is below -20ºC during Blockwalk hours (winter breeds are exempted with written permission from a veterinarian), and summer days which exceed +33ºC with humidity between 11h00 and 16h00, for safety reasons. If the weather is uncooperative, we will play mentally stimulating games indoors after taking your dog out to relieve themselves.
Potty-Breaks are suspended on Ontario Statutory Holidays. Since Potty-Breaks are conducted individually and daytime thunderstorms are rare or very quick, bwd can usual work around them should they occur. We would only not be able to reach your dog if there were unsafe driving conditions, in which case you would be contacted directly.
The Weather Contingencies for evening services are on a case by case basis.
On questionable days, you can find out which contingency is in effect by visiting the bwd facebook.
Should services be cancelled, updates are posted ~09h00. These policies are subject to change without warning.