If you’ve already had enough of January, and you’re bored of the cold, dark weather keeping you inside, don’t worry! Ottawa’s annual winter festival is heading back to the capital this month, and there’s two whole weeks of exciting, frosty activities to pull you out of that seasonal slump. Winterlude is back in Ottawa next week, and here’s everything you need to know.\nFor residents of the capital city, this festival it’s the perfect opportunity to get outside in the chilly weather and skate, tube and snowshoe those winter blues away.\nWhile many activities come to a halt in the snowy months, this event is a celebration of all things icy, and there’s something happening for everyone to enjoy.\nWhether it’s cuddling the iconic Ice Hog mascots, tasting the region’s finest winter beers, or skating along the world’s largest outdoor ice rink, it’s a pretty magical experience for locals and tourists alike.\nKicking off this year's festivities on January 31, the 2020 event will run through the first three weekends of February, drawing to a close on Family Day, February 17.\nWinterlude activities will take place across the Ottawa-Gatineau region, and the best part is … most of them are completely free!\nView this post on Instagram Have a good long weekend 💫• c/o @bennguyen8 #winterlude #ottawa A post shared by Faces Magazine (@facesottawa) on Feb 16, 2019 at 2:34pm PST\nIf you’ve never attended Ottawa’s Winterlude event before, there’s an incredible amount of things to taste, try, see, and do, from devouring maple taffy and beaver tails to tubing and zip-lining.\nView this post on Instagram gotta have a #killaloesunrise @beavertails_official on the @rideaucanalofficial during #winterlude ***** #myottawa #pastry #ottawaeats #ottawafood #ottawafoodie #foodporn #skating A post shared by @ pammaloulou on Feb 3, 2018 at 11:11am PST\nTo accommodate the festival’s activities, some roads will have limited access or be completely closed across the city.\nAccording to a statement from Canadian Heritage, only vehicles with a circulation access pass, residents with proof of residence and emergency vehicles will be granted entry to closed streets.\nFull details about Ottawa and Gatineau traffic changes can be found here.\nView this post on Instagram It’s so much fun to see everyone who is enjoying the daily activities at Snowflake Kingdom. Need a hotel room to facilitate your staycation during the Winterlude activities? You can book it directly from the link in our Bio, it’s that easy.__________ C’est tellement amusant de voir tous ceux qui aiment les activités quotidiennes à Snowflake Kingdom. Besoin d'une chambre d'hôtel pour faciliter votre séjour pendant les activités du Bal de Neige? Vous pouvez le réserver directement à partir du lien de notre Bio, c’est aussi simple que cela! 📸 @rolandbast A post shared by BWPlus Gatineau-Ottawa (@bwplusgatineauottawa) on Feb 6, 2019 at 8:15am PST\n2020 will mark the 42nd year of Winterlude, which draws tourists from across the globe.\nAlmost 600k visitors are expected to descend on the city over the next month, and there’s going to be plenty for everyone to see and do!\nFor more information on this wonderfully wintery event, check out the event schedule by clicking here.