Ottawa has a free movie theater made in snow and it’s the most Canadian thing ever

It’s time to get dressed, a special movie night awaits you on a giant outdoor screen made of ice and snow in Ottawa.

In February, you can join the Asinabka Festival for their annual outdoor film event showcasing movies on a larger-than-life snow screen, and it’s free!

There will be three nights to enjoy this very Canadian cinematic experience; February 4, 5 and 6, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

A different movie, or collection of movies, will be shown each night, so you can spend multiple nights for a different experience!

The snow guard will be installed at Lansdowne Park and you will be able to enjoy films made by Indigenous filmmakers from northern cultures. You can also expect post-screen performance, including music.

The festival will undoubtedly be a celebration of Indigenous arts and culture, as we learn from those who live in arctic climates, going through seasons of great change. The event takes place on the unceded territory of the Algonquin people.

Asinabka Festival Snow Screen

Price: Free

When: February 4, 5 and 6, from 6 p.m.

Address: 1525 Princess Patricia Road, Ottawa, ON

Why you need to go: A truly Canadian experience awaits, as you watch Indigenous-directed films on a huge screen of ice and snow. It’s a way to celebrate, learn, and enjoy something new.


In Ontario, a vaccination passport is required to access certain events, services and businesses, including restaurants and bars.

Before you go, check out our Responsible Travel Guide to be informed, be safe, be smart and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.

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