The annual Accora Village Bed Race for the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa is one of the highlights of Winterlude. 50 teams of 4 runners and one rider compete with modified and decorated beds for honours and prizes as the fastest bed, the best decorated bed and the best fund raisers. Put your team together for the race on February 15, 2020. This will be the 40th running of the Bed Race, and the 18th organized by the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa.

The event will take place on York Street near Dalhousie with a large number of other activities.

This event is a lot of fun for participants, and the funds raised goes to support the Kiwanis Aktion Club and other Kiwanis Club of Ottawa's projects and the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation. Registration will be available soon.

Lots of photos from Bed Race over the years available here ->


  • Registration and pledging are available online shortly

  • Team registration is $300 and the fee is waived if your team raises $1000 or more in pledges

  • Your team gets a minimum 2 races with a potential for up to 5

  • Great prizes and bragging rights

  • There are a limited prebuilt beds are available for purchase of $200


The race will take place this year on York Street near Dalhousie, with

  • registration starting at 11:00,

  • the Parade of Beds at 12:30,

  • racing between 13:00 and 14:30,

  • and the after party at the Hometown Sports Grill starting at 15:00.

This is a fun event for teams of all ages, so come on out, have fun and help Kiwanis support the community

For additional information, check out the facts sheets, and then use the registration formpledge forms and the waiver. You can also download all the forms at once here.

The Accora Village Bed Race is a great opportunity for companies and organizations to do some team building. The Bed Race can include special heats for teams to compete, and WSP has made a whole weekend of team building around the event.

Team registration and pledging can be done here, or you can email Bed Race or call 613-233-1900 for questions. 

Team Building

Each year the WSP participates the Kiwanis Bed Race during Winterlude as part of their team building activities. They will enter teams from Ottawa, Toronto, Burlington and Sudbury, and they compete in the Halsall Cup as part of in-house challenges. 


This event would not be possible without our sponsors, and we are always looking for additional sponsors.

40th Annual Accora Village Bed Race


On Saturday, February 15, 2020, the Accora Village Bed Race will take place on York Street between 12:00 and 14:00. The event begins with a parade of beds where judges select the best decorated bed, and is followed by heats of 5 beds racing a 50 metre course on the ice.

“The Bed Race is without a doubt, the most fun event that the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa runs each year” said Glen Vaillancourt, President of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa. “The race is a great chance for the community to both support this great Kiwanis event, and have a lot of fun at the same time.”

This year the event is again being sponsored by Accora Village. Ferguslea Properties Limited Vice President Steve Ryan said, “We are looking forward to helping the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa in the many community service activities that it is involved in.”

Since 1917 the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa has been active in fund raising and community involvement as a not-for-profit organization. The largest Kiwanis Club in Canada, the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa is one of the most active and dynamic service clubs in the world. Each year the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa provides thousands of hours of community service and raises $500,000 for the local community. One of the 8,000 Clubs in Kiwanis International, the Club has met every Friday since 1917. Projects carried on by Kiwanis in the Ottawa area include the Kiwanis Music Festival and the “Reading is Fundamental” project running at Connaught Public School.

For information call Rita Harper (Kiwanis Club of Ottawa) at 613.233.1900

40e Course de lits Accora Village


Le samedi 15 février 2020, la course de lits Accora Village aura lieu sur la rue York entre 12 h et 14 h. L’événement débutera par un défilé des lits afin que les juges puissent se prononcer sur le lit le mieux décoré, le défilé sera suivi des courses qui s’effectuent entre 5 lits sur une distance de 50 mètres sur la glace.

« La course de lits est sans contredit l’activité la plus amusante organisée par le Club Kiwanis d’Ottawa tous les ans » a dit Glen Vaillancourt, présidente du Club Kiwanis d’Ottawa. « La course est l’occasion parfaite pour la communauté d’appuyer cette excellente activité du Club Kiwanis tout en s’amusant. »

Encore une fois cette année, l’événement est commandité par Accora Village. Steve Ryan, vice-président de Ferguslea Properties Limited, a dit « Nous sommes heureux d’aider la Club Kiwanis d’Ottawa dans ses nombreuses activités de service communautaire. »

Depuis 1917, le Club Kiwanis d’Ottawa organise des campagnes de financement et s’implique dans la communauté en tant qu’organisme sans but lucratif. Le Club Kiwanis d’Ottawa est le plus important Club Kiwanis au Canada et est parmi les clubs philanthropiques les plus actifs et les plus dynamiques du monde. Chaque année, les membres du Club Kiwanis d’Ottawa contribuent des milliers d’heures de service communautaire et amassent quelque 500 000 $ pour la collectivité locale. Le Club est l’un des 8 000 clubs du mouvement Kiwanis International, et ses membres se rencontrent tous les vendredis depuis 1917. Parmi les projets parrainés par le club Kiwanis dans la région d’Ottawa, mentionnons le Festival de musique Kiwanis et le projet « Reading is Fundamental » mis en œuvre à l’école publique Connaught.

Pour de plus amples renseignements, veuillez communiquer avec Rita Harper (Club Kiwanis d’ Ottawa) par téléphone au 613-233-1900 ou par courriel à

2018 Accora Village Bed Race for Kiwanis Results

It took a while to confirm the location, however we were back on the Rideau Canal at Dows Lake, with just about perfect conditions for racing. The event was able to raise over $40,000 for projects of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa and the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation.

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Best Decorated

  1. Signarama Nepean
  2. Ottawa Fire Fighters
  3. Fairmont Chateau Laurier

Fastest Bed

  1. Int. Union of Elevator Constructors
  2. Myers Motors
  3. Accora Village #2

Best Fund Raisers

  1. Int. Union of Elevator Constructors
  2. WSP
  3. Myers Motors + Clocktower Pub

Best Team Spirit

  1. Ottawa Fire Fighters

Photos and Videos

We have some photos posted below with lots more here. Check out our Twitter feed for more.

Special thanks to our sponsors

CTV Ottawa

CBC Ottawa Radio

A great interview with Lee Galka from Accora Village and Chris Kemp for the International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 96.

Ottawa Sun

Images #21 to 27 in the weekend photo gallery.