Canadian sport, comedy, and fashion shine during the second week of
OTTAWA, Feb. 5, 2014 /CNW/ - The second week of the 36th Winterlude, the Capital's winter celebration, promises to be an
exciting one. Winterlude continues in Canada's Capital Region until
February 17, 2014.
Here is a sampling of some of the activities taking place during the second week of Winterlude.
Crystal Garden in Confederation Park
This Thursday, February 6 at 6:30 p.m., Veterans Affairs Canada will
illuminate a unique ice sculpture to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. Visitors to Crystal Garden can marvel at this impressive sculpture
made from one hundred blocks of ice.
As our Canadian athletes get set to compete at the Sochi 2014 Olympic
Winter Games, visitors to Winterlude can join an outdoor viewing of the Opening Ceremony on Friday, February 7, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
On Saturday, February 8, professional ice carvers face off in an ice-carving championship and students from local high schools will create colourful ice mosaics
as part of Kaleidoscope.
Later that evening, Canadian comedic sensation Rick Mercer and his
hilarious friend Patrick McKenna bring stand-up comedy with a message
to Winterlude with the Stand-Up to Bullying Comedy Hour beginning at 7 p.m. This special event to bring awareness and support
to local youth mental health initiatives is presented by the Cracking
up the Capital Comedy Festival and leads into the Winterblast DJ Dance Party, a youth celebration with electro hip-hop group Ain't No Love!
On Sunday, February 9, visitors will learn the secrets of ice carving and how carvers use their tools to create a work of art from a block of
Members of the public will have an opportunity to create their own ice
carvings with the help of professionals during the Public Ice-Carving Challenge on Sunday, February 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Registration
required, participants must be at least 18 years of age.)
What's more, visitors to Crystal Garden will have the opportunity to:
The Winterlude fun continues across the street at Ottawa City Hall all
Snowflake Kingdom in Jacques-Cartier Park, Gatineau
Presented by Canadian Heritage and the Ville de Gatineau, Snowflake Kingdom is North America's biggest snow playground. It is the ideal destination
for the young and the young at heart. This family-friendly paradise
features giant snow slides and an outdoor amphitheatre.
On Winterlude's second weekend, visitors will have the chance to:
meet the Ice Hog family, Winterlude's official mascots, and get one of their famous hugs
hold an official torch from the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games and take a
seat in a bobsleigh for a unique photo opportunity
play broomball, a winter sport that originated in Canada
experience downhill skiing with qualified instructors and learn important tips for the slopes from
the Canadian Ski Patrol
visit the Aboriginal Village and interactive exhibit "Winter Camp Life," featuring a display of
tools for survival in the wintertime and a winter game called
join a bundles' race like a voyageur from the past in the Parks Canada Zone
live the adventure of the Aboriginal trappers, French-Canadian coureurs des bois, and European merchants of the fur-trade era at Maison Charron
check out the young talent spinning at Blizzard: A DJ Battle, with special guest DJ Lady B
see graffiti art at its best
test their physical fitness in the Canadian Forces Winter Obstacle Course
laugh and dance along with talented performers at the Snowflake Stage
try a kicksled, the outdoor activity that millions of Scandinavians love
build a snow lantern and when the sun sets, discover the park at night
visit the XTREME Zone, where they can try a zip line, bungee trampoline, pedal go-karts on
snow, and a giant maze
The Rideau Canal Skateway
The Rideau Canal Skateway, the world's largest skating rink, is centre stage for many activities
during Winterlude's second weekend.
Beginning Friday, teams from across Canada will compete in the 6th annual Beaver Cup Pond Hockey Championship at Dows Lake.
Visitors to the Skateway will also have the opportunity to test their
skills at the Giant Tiger Interactive Hockey Zone, move their muscles at the GoodLife Fitness Zone, or warm up with hot
apple cider and play the OLG Sno-Bus Snowball Toss game at the OLG Sno-Bus Station at Fifth Avenue.
This fantastic 7.8-kilometre ice surface, which opened for its 44th season on December 31, 2013, offers families and fun-seekers a wide
variety of services, including food concessions, skate and sleigh
rentals, skate sharpening, rest areas, and boot check services.
For the 36th Winterlude, more than 90 programming partners, from Ottawa and
Gatineau's private and public sectors, have come together to offer
visitors a wide-range of indoor and outdoor activities aimed at
animating the Capital like never before.
Here is just a sampling of what is taking place on the second weekend of
The Cracking Up the Capital Comedy Festival doles out jokes at a variety
of shows, including Laugh Out Loud, the Youth Improv Games, Women in Comedy, and the Festival Finale
Ottawa Fashion Week hits the runway at the Hilton Lac-Leamy and celebrates winter haute
couture with Project Mirari at the Canadian Museum of History
the National Arts Centre Orchestra presents Parker Plays Mendelssohn and Peter and the Wolf
Shenkman Arts Centre is the place to hear The Goodluck Assembly and Kaïn perform, or to take part in the Fête Frissons winter carnival
The Ski and Snowboard Rail Jam Competition hits the Glebe
the 5-km Yeti Challenge: Winter Obstacle Race is on the slopes at Ski Edelweiss
the theatrical and musical piece Le Chant de Sainte Carmen de la Main takes the stage at Maison de la culture de Gatineau
visitors can Warm-up on Wellington West and see five unique and eclectic art galleries during First Thursdays Art Walk
the sounds of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra: Bella Napoli fill the air at Dominion-Chalmers United Church
the Enriched Bread Artists warm body and soul with Icing-d-icing special art events
the Chinatown Lunar New Year Lion Dance Parade brings good fortune on Somerset Street
Downtown Rideau CHILL FACTOR continues with Resolution 2014, a showcase of Ottawa's vibrant filmmaking scene at the ByTowne Cinema,
plus Ice Sculptors at work and Snow Much Fun at the Bytown Museum
an array of culinary experiences are served up such as the Tuscan Winter Evening at Burnt Butter Italian Kitchen, An Evening by the Fireplace at the Clos Baillie Vineyard, the 23rd annual ByWard Market Stew Cook-Off, a guided Chocolate Lovers Tour, and a Cassoulet Dinner with Beer Tasting at Les Brasseurs du Temps.
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For more information about Winterlude, call 613-239-5000, 613-239-5090
(TTY), 1-800-465-1867 (toll free) or 1-866-661-3530 (toll free TTY), or
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
For further information:
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
and Official Languages