GATINEAU, QC, Nov. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today welcomed the arrival of the Ice Hog family, Winterlude's official mascots, to Canada's Capital Region. Papa and Mama Ice Hog and their twins Nouma and Noumi arrived at Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau, accompanied by a group of young athletes.
"As Canadian athletes prepare to compete on the world stage, the theme of winter sports and games will be featured at Winterlude's Snowflake Kingdom," said Minister Glover. "Our Government is proud to celebrate Canadian achievements, values, and traditions at this annual wintertime celebration in Canada's Capital Region."
The Snowflake Kingdom, North America's largest snow playground, is presented by the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Ville de Gatineau. With its giant snow slides and a multitude of activities, this official Winterlude site is an exciting place to rediscover the joys of our Canadian winter.
The 36th edition of Winterlude will take place from January 31 to February 17, 2014.
"The arrival of the Ice Hog family signals that the Capital Region is preparing to host hundreds of thousands of visitors during Winterlude," added Minister Glover. "I am also calling on local residents to join Winterlude's team of volunteers, who contribute to the success of the event every year by providing their time, talent, and energy."
To register as a volunteer, contact the Canadian Heritage Volunteer Centre by phone at 819-956-2626 or by email at [email protected].
In a few weeks, Canadian Heritage will unveil the official Winterlude program.
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.
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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