Winterlude activities announced!
- Wednesday, 20 January 2010 03:52
- Written by Jantine Van Kregten
The National Capital Commission hosted a media conference yesterday to announce some of the neat activities planned for this year’s 32nd edition of Winterlude.
Winterlude is a great winter festival, taking place over the first three weekends of February each year (Feb. 5-21, 2010). The centrepiece activity is skating on the world’s largest naturally frozen skating rink — the Rideau Canal Skateway — but there are many other (mostly free!) ways to enjoy the celebrations.
The opening ceremonies, on Friday, Feb. 5, will be centred at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, with a variety of indoor and outdoor activities planned, starting at 7pm. Around 9pm, you can enjoy an impressive musical fireworks display. The fireworks will also be visible from Jacques-Cartier Park (also known as Snowflake Kingdom) with its snow and ice slides as well as Major’s Hill Park in Ottawa, which will host aerial acrobatic demonstrations.
Snowflake Kingdom will host the annual snow sculpture competition, pitting teams from each province and territory against each other, starting on the second weekend of Winterlude. Make sure you wear ski pants to swoosh down the snow and ice slides — jeans tend to stick! You can also try your hand at ice fishing, learn more about the Canadian Forces, go for a dogsled ride or watch kids’ movies projected on a snow screen!
The Crystal Garden (also known as Confederation Park in downtown Ottawa) will feature ice sculptures from professionals and amateurs. They’re especially impressive when lit up at night. New this year, people can vote online for their favourites: the site currently has info on 2009 winners.
Meanwhile, the Rideau Canal Skateway will offer its usual thrills and chills — BeaverTails, hot chocolate, bed races, traditional Aboriginal singing and dancing, Portraits on the Ice, Beaver Cup Pond Hockey Championships — plus new “Learn to Skate” clinics for those who have yet to take up the sport!
Happy Winterlude, everyone! Get out there and enjoy it Feb. 5-21.