Final long weekend of activities includes cool science, hot jazz, theatre, cross-country ski races, marathon running and a graffiti jam
OTTAWA, Feb. 12, 2014 /CNW/ - Canadian Heritage is pleased to invite residents and visitors to take part in the third and final weekend of the 36th Winterlude, the Capital Region's winter celebration, which kicked off on January 31 and ends on Ontario Family Day, February 17, 2014.
Here is an overview of some of the activities taking place during the final weekend of Winterlude.
Crystal Garden in Confederation Park
Festival-goers will learn the secrets of ice carving with demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday in the Crystal Garden. Expert carvers will showcase carving techniques and how they use their tools to create a work of art from a block of ice.
Young Sculptors at Work will learn the basic techniques of ice carving with professional ice carvers. Tools, safety goggles and ice will be provided. Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to noon (ages 8 to 12); 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. (ages 13 to 17). (Registration on site 30 minutes before start time)
Visitors to Crystal Garden will also have the opportunity to:
- marvel at an impressive sculpture made from one hundred blocks of ice to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War
- enjoy the crystalline masterpieces created at the 27th Crystal Garden International Ice-Carving Competition during the first weekend of Winterlude
- visit the public art exhibition "Winter Memories" and discover Canadian artists' interpretations of winter
- take in a beautiful work of ice art to mark the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and Mexico
- 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
- learn about ephemeral art and create their own sculptures, or participate in making an ice mosaic sculpture
- 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 Germany
- journey through Canada's vast Arctic in the footsteps of a Norwegian explorer, documented in a stunning photo exhibit
- warm up with Cool Moves, featuring dances 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:
- Enbridge "Energy on Ice" skating performances, Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on the Rink of Dreams
- a showcase of Ottawa's wintry past at the Ottawa Museum Zone
- tours of the exhibit "Little Voices" at Karsh-Masson Gallery with artists Patti Normand and Lesley Buxton
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 final weekend, visitors will have the chance to:
- hold an official torch from the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games and take a seat in a bobsleigh for a unique photo opportunity
- experience downhill skiing with qualified instructors and learn important tips for the slopes from the Canadian Ski Patrol
- take shots at the sledge hockey display, snap a souvenir photo and meet former members of Canada's National Sledge Hockey Team
- meet players from the Gatineau Olympiques hockey team for an autograph session
- 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"
- 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
- laugh and dance along with talented performers at the Snowflake Stage
- try a kicksled, and discover 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 Ice Hog Family, Winterlude's famous mascots, will be on hand all weekend, including Monday, to meet their fans of all ages. Sunday at 3:30 p.m., a special celebration is planned for Noumi and Nouma's birthday.
The Rideau Canal Skateway
The Rideau Canal Skateway, the world's largest skating rink, is centre stage for many activities during Winterlude's final weekend.
Open for its 44th season, this fantastic 7.8-kilometre ice surface offers families and fun-seekers a wide variety of services, including rest areas, food concessions, skate and sleigh rentals, skate sharpening, and boot check services.
This weekend, visitors to the Skateway will 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.
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 a sampling of what takes place on the third weekend of Winterlude:
- The National Arts Centre presents dib and dob and the journey home plus free activities during NAC English Theatre Family Day
- The Shenkman Arts Centre is a busy venue, with the comedy show Improtéine, a concert by Andrea Lindsay and Luc De Larochellière, theatre pieces One Noble Journey: A Box Marked Freedom and The Flying Canoe, plus a meet-and-greet with the artists of Arteast Mosaic
- The German Embassy hosts a German-Canadian Graffiti Jam
- Cool Science Saturday, a once-a-year special science fair, fascinates at the Canada Science and Technology Museum
- The biggest cross-country skiing event in Canada, the Gatineau Loppet, hits the trails in Gatineau Park
- Runners take their mark for the Winterman Marathon and Marathon Relays at the Canadian War Museum
- The third annual Winter Jazz Festival will warm up a number of downtown venues
- Concerts by Dominique Hudson and Steeve Michaud, comedy with Guy Nantel, and children's show Ari Cui Cui all take the stage at Maison de la culture de Gatineau
- GCTC's undercurrents: theatre below the mainstream festival returns
- The hands-on art activities of Creative Sundays stimulate the senses at the Ottawa Art Gallery
- At Algonquin Commons Theatre it's Canada Roars: A Canadian Musical Odyssey
- Snowdaptation and Family Day at the Museum enthrall visitors to the Canadian Museum of History
- The National Gallery of Canada hosts a number of inspiring activities and exhibitions, including
Artissimo, Storytelling, Fischli & Weiss: The Way Things Go, Forty-Part Motet and Not Just Another Winter Tour
- An array of culinary experiences, such as the Ottawa Gatineau Hotel Association's Dine Wine Wintertime: Brunch Series at eight area hotels, the Stoney Ridge Winemakers Dinner at Santé Restaurant, Gainsbourg's Grand Gourmet Épousailles and a Winter Warm-up Family Board Games event at Hintonburg Public House
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