The official opening, the Ice scultures at work, photos of the Kids enjoying Jacques Cartier PArk, Unesco Rideau Skateway, lots and lots of Photos for that unsual one, but my Flu Shot did not work, a lingering Cold, coughing and spluttering, below -@)C windchills and freezing winds kept me manily indoors, until forced to accompany the little one a a brief walk and a few momentos.
but next year 2014, i will try to make a special travelogue
Winterlude is truly the time to visit Ottawa, from a Winter perspective. Well we do have a really long winter, Ottawa being the second coldest capital city in the world. But there is a lot to do especially at the time of Winterlude.
This ice sculpture competition, normally sponsored by the Casino du Lac Leamy (formerly Casino du Hull), is a MUST SEE. Professional sculptors from all over the world (Japanese sculptors are my personal favourite), along with amateurs take part in this event. This event is normally runs from the first to third week of February, but it may vary depending upon the weather. Next year its from Feb 6 to Feb 22, 2004.
The sculptures look like made from crystal rather than ice. They are awe-inspiring and marvellous.
This buggy sculptor is by no means the best one(it was the US entry), there are a lot better ones. But unfortunately I dont have good photos of them.
The Winterlude website (link below) has all the necessary information, plus photos and information on last years winners.
The Snow Sculptures are bigger than the ice ones. They look very good too. The snow ones are basically a competition among Canadian Provinces and Territories. This photo was the entry of British Columbia in 2003. It was immaculate. Such fine carving with snow is a tough job. It didn't get the judges appraisal, but it got the People's choice award.
Again more info can be found on the website. Last year the sculptures were in Major's Hill Park. But it varies. For upto date information, plz check the website.
Lastly, its a must see!
Ottawa has a long winter. When I first moved here I was told. "Welcome to Ottawa, where we have 9 months of winter and 3 months of bad sledding". That might be a bit of an exaggeration, but Ottawa is the second coldest capital city in the world, after Ulan Bator.
This being said, you may as well take advantage of the winter conditions and celebrate winter with Winterlude. North America's largest annualwinter festival that runs through three weekends in February, with events in various places around Ottawa and extending into Gatineau, Quebec.
"Winterlude"... is essentialy a Winter Carnival with many activities relating to yess.....Winter....Ice Carvings....Competitions in skiing and skatiing...both serious and silly in nature..and many other "activities"....all intended to provide a bit of fun and light entertainment.
Every Winter since 1979 Ottawa plays host to a Winter Carnival like event that spans three consecutive weekends...
In 2008, Canada’s Capital Region celebrated the 30th edition of Winterlude...and most Winterlude activities are free of charge, but registration and admission fees may apply to certain sporting events and shows.
Whilst destinations in sunnier climes promote their sun, sea and sand, here in Ottawa and the National Capital Region they promote cold, ice and snow!! At least for the for the first 3 weeks of February anyway when the area hosts its annual Winterlude festival (Bal de Niege for the Francophones). Winterlude is an activity-packed 3 weeks when pretty much everything imaginable to do with ice or snow happens and usually coincides with the opening of the Rideau Canal as the world's largest ice rink.
As well as the usual winter sports such a skating, sledging & etc other events include ice-carving, snow-sculpture, live music and theatre performances including many childrens activities. Most of the events are centred around the 3 weekends but there is always something happening somewhere and as a little plus many of the local restaurants participate in a "Taste of Winterlude" promotion with set-price menus featuring, where possible seasonal local produce.
Website below has all the info.
been around since 1979 this festival is one of the best winter festivals in North America. It is quite interesting to see especially if you dont live in freezing temperatures. You get a chance to sculpt some snow/ice with the help of professionals,
check the waiters and waitresses race where skaters must carry a serving tray between tables without dropping the bottle of water.(DOWS LAKE) or vote for the best stew offered for $10 by Byward Market restaurants. This is the time of the year to enjoy it all in Ottawa!
have fun and some Hot Chocolate and Beavertail while on the ice.
Every February Ottawa hosts Winterlude. Winterlude is a 2 week winter event exposing what great fun the winter could bring! Heheh. The main attractions are of course the Ice Sculptures. Sculptures from around the world come and display there skills in the annual festivities.
Most of the action takes place on Dow's Lake, but Ice Scultupters can be found infront of City Hall as well. Canadian love for ice hockey is also celebrated. There are friendly tournaments that take place on the Canal and even professional teams hold public practices in the open air! This year, both the Ottawa Senators and the Mighty Ducks Of Anaheim held practices on the Canal during Winterlude.
Check it out and dress warm!
Don't think there's nothing to do in the icecold Canadian winters.
Yes, there are days temperatures will dropped and with the strong winds you won't survive for half an hour outside. On the other hand use every bit of sunshine and go out into the fresh air with low humidity.
Winterlude is a real Canadian activity, just celebrating winter with ice- and snow art, skating on the Rideau canal and much, much more.
Because Ottawa can be cold, snowy and, especially, icy during the winter, a good thing to do is to visit during Winterlude - our annual winter festival.
You could skate on the Rideau Canal, look at ice and snow sculptures, and/or have hot chocolate and a "Beavertail"!
Every February, Canada's Capital Region is host to Winterlude, North America's greatest winter festival. Three fun-filled weekends of excitement and activity await the whole family! From spectacular ice carvings to an amazing playground made of snow, Winterlude is a great way to take in the best of our Canadian winter.
I was particularly amazing by the Ice Carvings in Confederation Park. These were amazing and really amazing to walk around and admire.
If your planning a winter visit to Ottawa I would certainly consider going around this time in February to take in these activities.
The Crystal garden is one of the highlights of the Winterlude in Ottawa. This is the 17-th International Ice-Carving Competition in 2004. The artists usually start carving their creations like a week before the main event opens it's doors on February-15. The artists are given a few tons of ice in a form of huge mega-blocks. They have special tools to move and lift these cubes due to their weight. As you can see on the image (Please enlarge) the statue is made of layers of ice. In some instance the artists work free hand and in some case they draw on the slices already placed on each other.
Please go and take a look at the travelogue I've created with more pictures of the Crystal Garden. One more thing. Please be aware of parking in downtown during the Winterlude activities. It is very difficult to find (No pay) parking. Especially on week days. Use public transportation if you can. Once you are in downtown, you can take the "Snow Bus" operated by OC Transpo. This is free with a bust ticket transfer. The Snow Bus will take you around from one activity to the next. Only operates during the Winterlude. OC Transpo Info line: 613 741-4390. I really hope you find these tips useful and we'll be glad to have you as a visitor in Ottawa. Dress warm and have lots of fun! :)
This is my favorite part of Winterlude. The Crystal garden at Confederation park. You see many beautiful ice sculptures there carved out of ice. The artists come from all over the World to show the visitors their talent.
You can see a nice sculpture on my Home page, at the very top. The statues are lit at night and each have a sign in front of them representing the statue and introduce the artist and the country where they are from. Don't miss this when coming to Ottawa during the Winterlude.
Winterlude is a huge winter festival in Ottawa, it runs the first three weeks in February, although more events happen on the weekends. The downtown is filled with amazing ice sculptures, and in front of city hall are snow sculptures. Accross the river in Gatineau there is a winter wonderland with more snow scupltures and huge snow made slides for kids to enjoy. There is beavertails, and maple syrup on sticks. There is also a free sno bus that runs on the weekends to make all the sites accessible to the public. There are many more site and events also.
If you like the cold, you must come in February to see the Winterlude celebration.
Ice and Snow sculptures, lots of outdoor activities, Beavertails (sweetdough treats) and hotchocolat, and the world's longest outdoor skating rink (over 7 kms).