GATINEAU, QC, Dec. 16, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Shelly Glover,
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today unveiled
the official program for the 36th Winterlude, the Capital's winter celebration.
Winterlude will run from January 31 to February 17, 2014, with festivities taking place at three official sites: Jacques-Cartier
Park in Gatineau, and the Rideau Canal Skateway and Confederation Park
in Ottawa. Once again this year, a wide range of activities will be
presented by partners at other venues around Gatineau and Ottawa.
"Canada's Capital is set to welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors
this winter at all the official Winterlude sites," said Minister
Glover. "For this 36th festival, many partners from every corner of the country have come
together to showcase our country's sports, winter traditions, and
Minister Glover was joined by Steve Desroches, Deputy Mayor of Ottawa,
and Daniel Champagne, municipal councillor (Versant) on behalf of the
Mayor of Gatineau, at today's press conference at the Canadian Museum
of History in Gatineau.
The Department of Canadian Heritage, along with many programming
partners, will mark the defining moments of our history during
To mark the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown and Quebec conferences, the folk
traditions of Prince Edward Island and Quebec will blend with
electronic music to create a kitchen party alive with raw musical
energy at Confederation Park.
Veterans Affairs Canada will present a majestic ice sculpture made from
100 blocks of ice, to be unveiled during a lighting ceremony at
Confederation Park, marking the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.
With the approach of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, the Snowflake
Kingdom at Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau will feature winter sports
and games. The young and the young at heart will be invited to try
their luck at the winter obstacle course, learn to downhill ski, be
photographed in a bobsled, celebrate the 50th anniversary of ringette in Canada, and meet with former members of the
Canadian Luge Team
Celebrations officially begin on January 31 at 7 p.m. at Confederation
Park with Winterlude's Great Winter Ball. Guests are invited to make a
lighted costume or to accessorize their snowsuit with a touch of light
for the Ball, which will feature lighting effects, performances by
artist and poet Moe Clark (from Calgary) and traditional music trio Ten
Strings and a Goat Skin (from Prince Edward Island), as well as a snow
dance party with a local DJ. This is merely a glimpse of what's in
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To find out more about Winterlude, call one of the following numbers:
613-239-5000, 613-239-5090 (TTY), 1-800-465-1867 (toll free) or
1-866-661-3530 (TTY toll free). You can also visit the website at www.winterlude.gc.ca.
The 36th Edition of Winterlude
January 31 to February 17, 2014
Get set for the 36th Winterlude, the Capital's winter celebration! This family-friendly
festival transforms Canada's Capital Region into the ideal destination
to celebrate Canadian traditions in wintertime.
The Department of Canadian Heritage is busy planning an exciting line-up
of events with something for everyone. Winterlude 2014 activities will
take place at Crystal Garden in Confederation Park, at Snowflake
Kingdom in Jacques-Cartier Park, on the Rideau Canal Skateway, and at
various partner sites.
Crystal Garden in Confederation Park, Ottawa
"Memories" carved in ice!
Witness a fusion of art and ice at Crystal Garden and discover a world
of memories. Located in Confederation Park, this spectacular display of
crystalline ice sculptures will take your breath away. Come admire this
icy world of wonder at night, and discover an outdoor urban dance scene
like no other. Some of the highlights include:
Opening Ceremony: Winterlude's Great Winter Ball;
27th International Ice-Carving Competition;
Winter Memories: Wooden Cabin Village public art exhibition;
Stand-Up to Bullying Comedy Hour with Rick Mercer, Mary Walsh and
Patrick McKenna; and
Sub-Zero DJ Nights, including an East Coast kitchen party!
Snowflake Kingdom in Jacques-Cartier Park, Gatineau
Winter sports and games — with the Ice Hog Family!
Presented by the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Ville de
Gatineau, Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau is the site of North
America's biggest snow playground, and the home-away-from-home of the
Ice Hog family, Winterlude's furry mascots. Outfitted with
larger-than-life snow slides, Snowflake Kingdom provides enjoyment for
the young and the young at heart. Here are a few highlights:
Super Slides: snow and tube slides
voices of Yukon performers and Team Yukon-Canada snow carvers
Aboriginal Village interactive exhibit
XTREME Zone: zip line, pedal go-carts, bungee trampoline and giant maze
The Rideau Canal Skateway
Celebrating 44 seasons of skating!
This winter kicks off the 44th skating season on the Rideau Canal Skateway. Set in a UNESCO world
heritage site, the world's largest skating rink will host a variety of
activities, so sharpen your blades for a unique Canadian outdoor winter
experience. During Winterlude, the Rideau Canal Skateway will be centre
stage for several events, including:
31st Annual Winterlude Triathlon;
34th Annual Accora Village Bed Race;
Giant Tiger Interactive Hockey Zone.
More partners, more diversity, more fun!
For the 36th Winterlude, more than 90 programming partners 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:
Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival;
Cracking Up the Capital Comedy Festival;
Northern Lights 2014: Business and Cultural Showcase;
Ottawa Fashion Week;
Gatineau Winter BeerFest
Winterman Marathon and Marathon Relays;
Ski and Snowboard Rail Jam Competition;
Snow'Art - Snow Sculptures in the ByWard Market;
German-Canadian Graffiti Jam;
Downtown Rideau BIA's CHILL FACTOR;
Cool Science Saturday;
and much, much more including a series of culinary experiences!
The Department of Canadian Heritage is proud to present Winterlude with
the support of the following official site sponsors and partners: Ville
de Gatineau, City of Ottawa, National Capital Commission, Government of
Yukon, Veterans Affairs Canada, Parks Canada, Royal Norwegian Embassy,
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Embassy of Mexico in
Canada, National Defence and the Canadian Forces, Canadian Museum of
Nature, Société de transport de l'Outaouais, OC Transpo, OLG - Ontario
Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Enbridge Gas Distribution, Giant Tiger, and many others, including support of the Region's hospitality industry.
Special thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who contribute their time,
talent, and energy during the Capital's winter celebration.
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
For further information:
For more information (media only), please contact:
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
Winterlude media kit and photos : www.winterlude.gc.ca/mediakit
(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.)
Follow Winterlude on Twitter @Winterlude #Winterlude and Facebook.
For more information about Winterlude, contact 613-239-5000, 613-239-5090 (TTY), 1-800-465-1867 (toll free) or 1-866-661-3530 (toll free TTY), or visit the website at www.winterlude.gc.ca.