• Winterlude Ottawa - Canada's Winter Festival (16-17 FEB, 2019)

    C$299.00 C$289.00

    Winterlude, the Capital’s winter celebration

    A unique winter festival featuring snow and ice sculpture competitions, snow playgrounds, and skating and sporting events which transform Ottawa into a winter wonderland.



    3 Pick-up locations: Mississauga Carpool, York Mills Station, and Scarborough (*see below details)

    Tour's duration: 2 days / 1 night  (Bus Tour from Toronto)

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    ITINERARY   

    DAY 1, SAT 17 FEB: Toronto >> Ottawa

    7.30 AM: Our 1st Pick-up location: Mississauga Carpool. (Please arrive 15 Min before the departure time)
    8.00 AM: Our 2nd Pick-up location: York Mills Station.  
    8.30 AM: Our 3rd pick-up location is: Scarborough Town Centre
    During the 4 hours drive (395 km), we will have 2 stops on the way for breakfast and Lunch.

    2.30 PM: Check in to your hotel "Ottawa Marriott Hotel- 4 star" and have a short rest.

    Beautifully designed rooms include free Wi-Fi, and in-room Keurig™ coffee makers. Begin or end your day with a meal at "Spin" Kitchen & Bar, our hotel restaurant, or visit the on-site Starbucks® for a coffee. Enjoy a swim in the indoor pool, or a workout in the fitness centre.

    5.00 - 6.00 PM: visit the Confederation Park (650 meters = 9 min walk from our hotel). Confederation Park is indeed the best place to visit in the evenings during Winterlude. This is where you will find the “Crystal Garden” which features spectacular ice sculptures created by artists from around the world. Be sure to explore the entire park as there are often different sections for community groups and professionals. Confederation Park, better known as Crystal Garden, is the site for the ice sculpture competition, the ice lounge and musical concerts.






    DAY 2, SUN 17 FEB: Ottawa >> Toronto

    7.00 – 9.00 AM: Full Buffet Breakfast 

    9.30 AM: Check out

    10.00 - 12.00 PM: enjoy a 2-hour guided city tour of Ottawa with professional tour guide to see the highlights of Ottawa: Parliament Hill, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Residence of the Prime Minister, the Residence of the Governor General, the National Gallery of Canada (outside) the Canadian Museum of History (outside). This tour includes 3-4 photo stops. A portion of this tour includes walking (weather permitting). 






    12.00 - 3.00 PM: We will have 3-hour free time for optional activities:

    Enjoy skating/walking on Rideau Canal Skateway... the world’s largest naturally frozen ice skating rink.

    Visit the Ice-Carving Competition at the Confederation Park’s Crystal Garden

    We will also have the opportunity to visit the historical ByWard Market, where we have free time for lunch before heading to the Rideau Canal.



    In the winter, the "Rideau Canal" is mostly used as the Skateway. If you bring your skates, you’ll be able to enjoy skating on Rideau Canal Skateway. Access to the rink is free.

    Did you know that Ottawa is home to the largest naturally frozen skating rink in the world, as designated by Guinness World Records? It’s true! Each year, from roughly January to late February or early March, the scenic Rideau Canal – Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site – freezes and welcomes nearly one million visitors for winter fun. People come from around the world to glide along the Rideau Canal Skateway’s 7.8 kilometres (4.8 miles), which stretch from Ottawa’s downtown core to Dows Lake, its largest surface. According to the National Capital Commission (NCC), the Skateway hosts a daily average of 20,000 visitors during the winter months.

    • Change huts and snack stations can be found at various locations along the Skateway.
    • If you don’t have skates, you can rent them on the Canal. You can also rent bright red sleighs and push those who can’t skate themselves.



      Winterlude   


    3.00 PM: Drive towards Toronto

    We will have a stop on the way back for coffee and dinner.
     
    8.30 PM: drop-off @ Scarborough Town Centre
    9.00 PM: drop-off @ York Mills Station
    9.30 PM: drop-off @ Mississauga Carpool

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    PRICES:

    · Per person in double occupancy: $299 + 13% HST

    · Per person in single room: $399 + 13% HST

    **All prices are per person, in Canadian dollars. **Children 8+ are welcome on this tour, same price as adults.

    NOTE: If you are a solo traveler and would like to share room with someone the same gender, please choose the "DOUBLE" Room option. We will find a roommate for you.

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    What’s included

    •  Round trip transportation on an A/C Bus with washroom

    •  1 night accommodation at Marriott 4-star hotel in downtown Ottawa

    •  1 Hot Buffet breakfast at the hotel

    •  A 2-hour guided tour of Ottawa

    • Visit the festival's attractions in the Confederation Park, and the Rideau Canal.

    •  Visit the historical ByWard Market

    •  Escorted tour by the tour director

    •  Complimentary bottled water on the bus

    •  All gratuities

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    NOTE:

    • Our tours are in ENGLISH language only.

    ·  Appropriate clothing and footwear is highly recommended (based on the weather)

    ·  We assign the seats based on first paid first served. In case you and your companion pay separately, to be seated together, please send an  email to:  info@funtours.ca  after placing your order.  

    ·  The standard rooms in the hotels have maximum 2 double beds. So, the ones who book a Triple room need to know that two of them will need to sleep in 1 double  bed, as the hotel does not provide any extra bed/cot.

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    OUR HOTEL:  Ottawa Marriott Hotel - 4 star

    Located in downtown Ottawa, this hotel offers an indoor pool and an on-site restaurant. Rooms feature cable TV and guests are offered plush bathrobes. The Byward Market and the Canadian War Museum are both less than 2 km away. Guest rooms at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel are furnished with a work desk and seating area. The modern rooms are equipped with coffee and tea-making facilities, a hair dryer, and ironing facilities. This Ottawa hotel includes a fitness centre and a business centre. A concierge service is provided to assist guests with local attractions and dinner reservations. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. A children's playroom features games consoles, table tennis, billiards table and TVs. Guests can take advantage of the Marriott Hotel Ottawa’s on-site restaurant, Spin Kitchen and Bar. Room service is available. Parliament Hill is less than 5 minutes’ walk away. Hotel Chain: Marriott Hotels & Resorts


     


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    PARKING  / PICK- UP Location


    1st pick-up location: Mississauga Carpool Lot, Hurontario & Hwy 401.   

    Entrance into the carpool lot is on the west side of Hurontario, between the ramps to Hwy 401 East and Hwy 401 West. This parking lot is not easily visible from Hurontario and can be easily missed so please carefully follow the P Carpool signs. Detailed instructions from all four directions are given below. This is a Government of Ontario, Ministry of Transportation parking lot. Cars may be left here for up to 5 days, parking is free. This parking lot does not have a street address. The GPS location is 43.6300490, -79.6861980

    Our bus stops in the parking area on your left hand side.

    Mississauga Carpool MAP


    2nd pick-up location: York Mills Station. The bus will stop on Yonge St., directly outside the Starbucks at 4025 Yonge St. This is the York Mills Centre office building on the North-East corner of Yonge St. & York Mills Rd. The York Mills subway station is in the basement of this building. If it is raining or snowing, you are welcome to wait either in Starbucks or in the lobby of the office tower until you see the bus stop in front of Starbucks. 

    FOR PARKING: For overnight and multi-day trips, cars cannot be left in the TTC parking lot or the Green P parking lot. Parking is allowed in the covered parking of the York Mills Centre. The parking lot has two entrances, one on York Mills Rd and one on Yonge St. Please note that the parking cost is $25 per day (2017 rates). Street address is the same as our bus pickup location, 4025 Yonge St. 

    3rd pick-up location: Scarborough Town Centre (Address: 300 Borough Dr, Scarborough, ON M1P 4P5) . The bus stops directly outside the Cineplex movie theatres at the Scarborough Town Centre. You are NOT allowed to park your car in this location for multi-day trips. If you wish to use this pickup location for a multi-day trip, please consider taking a taxi or public transit or have someone drop you off.

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    Winterlude

    February 1 – 18, 2019

    Come celebrate winter in Canada’s Capital during three fun-filled weekends in February, which is known as Winterlude! There are so many things to see and do that celebrate Ottawa’s enchanting snow-covered season.

    Most Winterlude activities are held on the weekends. You can learn to skate and you won’t want to miss the Annual Accora Village Bed Race. In this beloved Winterlude event, costumed teams race decorated hospital beds across the frozen ice. This event is fun for all ages, so make sure to bring a camera!

    Admire the dazzling ice sculptures created by professional carvers from around the world, who put their talent to the test by transforming blocks of ice into magnificent sculptures during the International Ice-Carving Competition at Confederation Park’s Crystal Garden.

    Also, Snowflake Kingdom – a children’s snow playground – is offered during the week (except for Tuesday and Wednesday) and on weekends.

    Foodies will love unique culinary events created by some of the capital’s best local restaurants — wine and food pairings, chef demonstrations, walkabout winter feasts are all available. 

    Grab your skates or rent a pair when you get here and glide along the Rideau Canal Skateway! This is the world’s largest naturally frozen ice skating rink.

    For the full line up of festival events, check out the official Winterlude website.

    Fast Facts

    • Winterlude takes place along the world’s largest skating rink, the Rideau Canal Skateway, and sites across the Capital.
    • Fantastic ice carvings by artists from around the world fill Confederation Park in downtown Ottawa.
    • A gigantic snow playground – Snowflake Kingdom – welcomes kids of all ages to Jacques Cartier Park in downtown Gatineau. 
    • The Winterlude mascots – the Ice Hogs family – are reputed to live in Snowflake Kingdom where they love to play in the snow and meet families having fun. They also like to visit the other official Winterlude sites including the Rideau Canal Skateway and Confederation Park.
    • Winterlude has been celebrated in Ottawa and Gatineau for nearly 40 years.
    • Close to 600,000 people take part in Winterlude activities – most of which are free – each year.
    The festival takes place at a few different sites in the city: Rideau Canal Skateway; Confederation Park; Jacques-Cartier Park; Museum of History; and Ottawa City Hall

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    If you have any questions, please email to: info@funtours.ca  Emergency contact: 416-897-3020