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SOURCE Canadian Heritage
An invitation to explore, discover, and celebrate what unites us as Canadians
OTTAWA, Jan. 28, 2014 /CNW/ - Canada's Capital Region is ready to welcome residents and visitors to the 36th Winterlude, which will begin on Friday, January 31, 2014. Over three weekends, until February 17, Ottawa-Gatineau will be the ideal destination to discover Canadian winter traditions through numerous cultural, sport, culinary, scientific, and family activities.
Here is a snapshot of the activities taking place during the first weekend of Winterlude.
Winterlude's Great Winter Ball
Friday, January 31
Opening Act 7 p.m.; Opening Ceremony 7:30 p.m.; DJ Dance Party 8 p.m.
The celebration officially kicks off on January 31 with an electrifying evening at the Crystal Garden's main stage in Confederation Park. Winterlude's Great Winter Ball features the Opening Ceremony, which will pay tribute to our Olympic and Paralympic athletes and highlight milestones in Canadian history such as the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown and Quebec Conferences. There will be musical performances, pyrotechnics, the 27th Crystal Garden International Ice-Carving Competition, and the one-of-a-kind DJ Dance Party!
Participants are encouraged to ignite the night by creating their very own illuminated costume or by dressing up in their funkiest winter attire with a touch of light.
Crystal Garden in Confederation Park
"Memories" carved in ice
This weekend, there are plenty of chances to watch ice carvers from around the world create their crystalline masterpieces at Confederation Park. These include the One-Block Challenge on Friday, January 31 (8 a.m. to 10 a.m.) and the 27th Crystal Garden International Ice-Carving Competition, in which professional carvers from around the world put their talent to the test beginning Friday and throughout the weekend.
On opening weekend, visitors to the Crystal Garden will also have the opportunity to:
The Winterlude fun continues across the street at Ottawa City Hall all weekend with:
Snowflake Kingdom in Jacques-Cartier Park, Gatineau
An adrenaline rush-with the Ice Hog Family!
Both the young and the young at heart will enjoy playing in this frosty paradise of giant snow slides, presented by Canadian Heritage and the Ville de Gatineau. The fun begins on Friday, January 31, at 10:30 a.m., when Mama and Papa Ice Hog, along with twins Noumi and Nouma, join the crowd for the official launch of the Snowflake Kingdom-North America's biggest snow playground!
On Winterlude's first weekend, visitors will also have the chance to:
The Rideau Canal Skateway
Celebrating 44 seasons of skating
Each winter, the Rideau Canal is transformed into a skating rink that was officially recognized as the world's largest by Guinness World Records™ in 2005. The Rideau Canal Skateway is centre stage for many activities during Winterlude. For opening weekend, the world-famous ice surface will host the 31st Annual Winterlude Triathlon and the 34th Annual Accora Village Bed Race, which takes place at Dows Lake on Saturday.
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.
Truly making Winterlude the Capital Region's winter celebration
For the 36th Winterlude, more than 90 programming partners from Ottawa-Gatineau's private and public sectors have come together to offer visitors a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities aimed at bringing the Capital to life like never before. Here is just a sampling of what takes place on the first weekend of Winterlude:
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 visit www.winterlude.gc.ca.
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