Ottawa in the winter is usually very cold but we had beautiful weather for our trip to Winterlude this year. It was so nice that many activities - like skating on the Rideau Canal - were closed due to the unseasonably warm weather. Despite this, we packed a lot into our three day visit.
A stop at Byward Market is a must - if only for a quick coffee and pastry at Le Moulin de Provence, a bit of shopping or people watching.
National Gallery of Canada and Maman sculpture
The National Gallery was showing works by Monet but we didn't get a chance to visit this time. We did stop at the Maman spider sculpture for a few pictures.
Confederation Park and Winterlude
We enjoyed Beavertails at Confederation Park - a must eat at Winterlude. We walked around to view the many ice sculptures - many of which were cracked or had melted because of the warm weather.
Canadian Museum of History
The Viking Exhibition at the Canadian Museum of History is definitely worth checking out - it's on until the middle of April. The kids enjoyed being quizzed by museum staff about the Vikings - there was a lot to see and learn.