Saturday, February 22, 2020 1:00 pm to Sunday, February 23, 2020 4:00 pm

Celebrate your first winter in Canada’s Capital Region! The NCC is organizing a winter carnival for newcomers to the Capital to discover the joys of winter.

  • Learn to play ball hockey
  • Snowshoe in the forest
  • Slide down a snowy hill
  • Sample traditional winter treats

Discover the joys of Canadian winter, one activity at a time! Spend an afternoon in the great outdoors, and enjoy the beauty of Gatineau Park with other newcomers to Canada.

When & Where

February 22 and 23, from 1 pm to 4 pm
Gatineau Park Visitor Centre
33 Scott Road, Chelsea, Quebec J9B 1R5

Free admission and shuttle bus

Buses will depart from various locations in Ottawa and Gatineau.*

* Details of exact pickup locations and times will be provided to each participant upon reserving.


  • Saint Laurent Shopping Centre
    • Recommended parking: Parking 4 and 5 (facing Toys R Us)
  • Tunney’s Pasture (main building)
    • Recommended parking: Visitor parkings located on Eglantine, Colombine and Sorrel roads. 
  • ByWard Market (by the Totem Pole next to Librairie du Soleil)
    • Recommended parking: Along Saint Patrick, Murray, Clarence, Guigues or other roads. Paid options are also available. 


Make sure you dress warmly (toque, mittens, scarf, snow pants, winter coat, and warm boots) for a winter afternoon outside. And don’t forget to pack a lunch or some snacks. There are no dining options at the Visitor Centre. Snowshoes and other equipment will be provided free of charge.

Reservations are open until February 7.

613-943-8343 or
*Please specify your preferred date (February 22 or 23) when reserving. Spaces for the shuttle and activity are limited.