It’s that time of year again! Today marks the beginning of the three week long Ottawa winter festival, also known as Winterlude. This is the 35th anniversary of the winterlude event, and it will start off with the opening ceremony at Ottawa City Hall tonight at 7pm. There will be music, dancing, pyrotechnics, a chance to skate on the rink and eat some beaver tails, and much more.
Unfortunately, the canal is still not entirely opened due to those couple days of warm weather. However, if it stays cold like this, it should be ready for full use on the weekend. You have not truly experienced Ottawa until you have skated down the entire length of the canal.
Here’s a quick rundown of some of the major events that you should check out during Winterlude 2013:
Feb. 1 – 3
- 26th International Ice Carving Competition – Confederation Park
- Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival (Jan. 31st – Feb. 2nd)
- Art Exhibit (Feb. 1st only – all day event) – Confederation Park
- Norwegian Folklore and Story Telling (Feb. 2nd only – starts @ 10am – Confederation Park
- Winterlude Triathlon (Feb. 2nd @ 8am) – Rideau Canal Skateway
- Yukon Urban Dance Party (Feb. 2nd @ 12:30pm) – Jacques Cartier Park
- Ice-Carving Championship (starts @ 11am) – Confederation Park
- Public Ice Carving Competition (starts @ 11:30am) – Confederation Park
- IlluminatioNarion: Outdoor Light Art Gallery (Ongoing) – City Hall
This is just a sample of what will be taking place during Winterlude. To find out more, or simply to get updates on potential schedule alterations, you can visit their Facebook page: Winterlude.
Bundle up and enjoy the sites and sounds of Canada’s capital, and until next time, happy reading!