Winterlude First Weekend Highlights

January 28, 2014

An invitation to explore, discover, and celebrate what unites us as

OTTAWA, Jan. 28, 2014 /CNW/ – Canada’s Capital Region is ready to
welcome residents and visitors to the 36(th) 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.

Confederation Park

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 150(th )anniversary of the Charlottetown and Quebec Conferences. There will be
musical performances, pyrotechnics, the 27(th) 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:

        --  visit the public art exhibition
            "Winter Memories"
            and discover Canadian artists' interpretations of winter
        --  watch
            Mexican carvers
            transform blocks of ice into a beautiful work of art to mark
            the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and
        --  explore the Arctic
            through a unique photo exhibit that features the work of
            scientists in Canada's Great North
        --  meet the Kettle Boys for some "olde time" fun
        --  discover the folk traditions of Prince Edward Island and Quebec
            at an outdoor
            kitchen party
            to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown and
            Quebec Conferences
        --  learn about
            ephemeral art
            and create their own sculpture, or take part in making an
            ice mosaic
        --  experience
            Memories of Ice,
            an original work for the reactable, the cutting-edge digital
            music instrument
        --  see the
            United Buddy Bears Ice Sculpture,
            highlighting the unity and friendship between Canada and
        --  journey through Canada's vast Arctic
            in the footsteps of a Norwegian explorer, documented in the
            stunning photo exhibit "New Land Expedition"
        --  warm up with
            Cool Moves,
            featuring dance and acrobatic stunts
        --  discover the Crystal Garden at night as it transforms into a
            massive snowy dance floor for the
            Sub-Zero DJ Nights

The Winterlude fun continues across the street at Ottawa City Hall all
weekend with:

        --  the
            Tenth Annual Enbridge FREE Pancake Breakfast
            on Saturday at 10 a.m.
        --  Enbridge "Energy on Ice"
            skating performances on the
            Rink of Dreams
        --  a showcase of Ottawa's wintry past at the
            Ottawa Museum Zone

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:

        --  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 "snowsnake"
        --  celebrate the
            50th anniversary of ringette
            in Canada and learn the basics of the sport
        --  grasp an official torch from the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games
            and take a seat in a
            for a unique photo opportunity
        --  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
        --  see
            graffiti art
            at its best
        --  test their physical fitness in the Canadian Forces
            Winter Obstacle Course
        --  experience
            downhill skiing
            with qualified instructors
        --  laugh and dance along with talented performers at the
            Snowflake Stage
        --  try a
            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

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(TM) 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.

Programming Partners

Truly making Winterlude the Capital Region’s winter celebration

For the 36(th) 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:

        --  Northern Lights 2014:
            Business and Cultural Showcase at the Ottawa Convention Centre
        --  Snow'Art -
            Snow Sculptures in the ByWard Market
        --  The
            Baltic-Nordic Film Festival
            at Library and Archives Canada
        --  Downtown Rideau
            CHILL FACTOR,
            FREEZE FRAME
            at Club SAW,
            On the Rocks
            at the Ottawa Art Gallery and
            "Thaw" at
            Arts Court
        --  Animal tracking on snowshoes
            in Gatineau Park
        --  Theatrical play
            Le projet pupitre
            at the National Arts Centre
        --  Ottawa Junior Youth Orchestra performs
            Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, and more
        --  Vincent Vallières
            Michel Barrette
            at Maison de la culture de Gatineau
        --  Mardi Gras Dinner & Show
            at the Shenkman Arts Centre
        --  An array of gastronomic experiences such as
            Gatineau Winter BeerFest
            at the Canadian Museum of History,
            Winter Comfort Food
            at Chelsea Pub, the 2nd annual
            Lumberjack Brunch
            at The Red Apron, and
            Fire and Ice: Canadian Culinary Event
            at Restaurant e18hteen

Associated Links

Follow Winterlude on Twitter @Winterlude #Winterlude and on Facebook.

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.

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

Source: PR Newswire

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