Hello from Ottawa – Confederation Park Celebrates Winterlude

Confederation Park is without doubt one of the principal facilities of Ottawa’s Winterlude Festival, and what was wonderful for us was that we had been staying proper throughout the road on the Lord Elgin Hotel. So all we needed to do was actually cross the road and we had been proper within the coronary heart of the motion.

Winterlude is Ottawa’s winter competition, organized by the National Capital Commission. It brings collectively thrilling occasions and actions for the entire household and a lot of the actions are freed from cost. Naturally, Winterlude is a giant draw for vacationers: final 12 months the competition attractived roughly 650,000 guests.

You would assume that Ottawa is a metropolis of bureaucrats, who preserve a stiff higher lip always. Far from it, as we had already seen throughout our Friday night time outing to Fat Tuesdays within the ByWard Market, Ottawas know tips on how to social gathering and Winterlude is a 2 week lengthy excuse for everybody to get out and have a good time winter.

Winterlude is hosted all through all the metropolis, so here’s a abstract of a number of the principal Winterlude Locations:
Confederation Park is internet hosting the Casino du Lac-Leamy Crystal Garden, an out of doors leisure venue that features the Crystal Lounge, a wide range of meals distributors and out of doors sculptures.

When we headed out on Saturday morning, we walked proper into the ice carving competitors the place 7 or 8 ice carvers had been engaged on frozen blocks of ice, utilizing a wide range of electrical and hand instruments to present form to the creatures of their creativeness.
Chain saws had been getting used, electrical grinding instruments and hand chisels slowly however absolutely created recognizing objects. Teddy bears, choo-choo trains and cartoon characters had been coming to life proper in entrance of our very eyes.

Confederation Park additionally hosts the Fire and Ice Culinary Demonstrations, and famend cooks and media personalities compete for the Winterlude Ice Chef titles.
Another Winterlude location simply minutes away is the American Express Snowbowl, a stage situated proper in entrance of the Government Conference Centre. This 12 months’s lineup consists of Tom Cochrane and Red Rider, Mes Aïeux, Jully Black, Doba Caracol, Daniel Lanois and lots of extra.

On our manner again from Darcy McGee’s on Saturday night we walked right down to Confederation Park and on to the American Express Snowbowl and caught a little bit of a dwell live performance. The stage was set towards the National Conference Center and was superbly illuminated in orange, pink and purple shades and the gang was having fun with the dwell music.
The Rideau Canal Skateway is one other official Winterlude location. This previous weekend I had an opportunity to expertise the Canal myself, and on a phenomenal crisp winter day, it was an exhiliariting expertise to glide virtually weightlessly throughout the frozen expanse of the 7.8 km lengthy Rideau Canal, certainly the world’s largest pure ice skating floor , in response to the Guinness Book of World Records.

The Rideau Canal Skateway itself hosts a wide range of actions: you will get a style of Aboriginal tradition, traditions and delicacies on the Pig Island Aboriginal Village. The Canadian Tire JumpStart Activity Center at Fifth Avenue permits youngsters to check their hockey expertise and so they may check out the Jumpai trampoline system. Union Station at Rideau Street supplies a Twenties atmosphere: the historical past of the railway yards on the banks of the Rideau River is recounted on shows and interpretive panels.
This previous Saturday, the twenty sixth Annual Bed Race on Dow’s Lake mixed athleticism, ingenous engineering and fundraising for a terrific day of charity and hilarity.

Another alternative for fundraising is developing on February 19, 2006, when Canadian Tire invities you to take part within the Great Skate from 11 am to three pm on the Rideau Canal Skateway on Fifth Avenue. Proceeds will go to Canadian Tire JumpStart, a charitable program created by the Canadian Tire Foundation for Families that helps children in monetary want take part in organized sports activities and recreation.
On the opposite aspect of the Ottawa River in Hull, Quebec, is Jacques-Cartier Park, official location of Snowflake Kingdom and one other official Winterlude website. It affords the Ice Hogs Winter Sports Adventure, particular person slides of various slopes which is able to present enjoyable to the entire household.

Northern Place is a snow shelter and presents the enchanting world of Aboriginal cultures with aboriginal reveals and conventional demonstrations. The Ice Hog Amphitheater is house to the Ice Hog’s Walkabout, and in case you did not know, the Ice Hogs are Winterlude’s official mascots. Children can get a hug from considered one of their favourite mascots – Mama, Papa, Noumi and Nouma. The Snowflake Kingdom additionally presents “Expérience Maneige”, a possibility for five to eight 12 months previous youngsters to go downhill snowboarding.
And a restaurant competition precedes Winterlude. This 12 months Taste of Winterlude was held from January 20 to February 2, 2006, the place many well-liked eating places in Ottawa-Gatineau served up their specialties in an inexpensive prix-repair menu format. We missed the restaurant competition, however good meals was not missing throughout our previous 2 days in Ottawa. Our pleasant dinners at Fat Tuesdays and Darcy McGee’s gave us a pattern of a number of the culinary treats on supply in Ottawa.

Winterlude affords all kinds of actions, and luckily this previous weekend we had an opportunity to take part in only a few. We totally loved the expertise and hope to come back again to Ottawa for one more competition, perhaps even the well-known Tulip Festival this coming May…….

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