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SOURCE Canadian Heritage
Canadian sport, comedy, and fashion shine during the second week of exciting activities
OTTAWA, Feb. 5, 2014 /CNW/ - The second week of the 36th Winterlude, the Capital's winter celebration, promises to be an exciting one. Winterlude continues in Canada's Capital Region until February 17, 2014.
Here is a sampling of some of the activities taking place during the second week of Winterlude.
Crystal Garden in Confederation Park
This Thursday, February 6 at 6:30 p.m., Veterans Affairs Canada will illuminate a unique ice sculpture to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. Visitors to Crystal Garden can marvel at this impressive sculpture made from one hundred blocks of ice.
As our Canadian athletes get set to compete at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, visitors to Winterlude can join an outdoor viewing of the Opening Ceremony on Friday, February 7, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Later that evening, Canadian comedic sensation Rick Mercer and his hilarious friend Patrick McKenna bring stand-up comedy with a message to Winterlude with the Stand-Up to Bullying Comedy Hour beginning at 7 p.m. This special event to bring awareness and support to local youth mental health initiatives is presented by the Cracking up the Capital Comedy Festival and leads into the Winterblast DJ Dance Party, a youth celebration with electro hip-hop group Ain't No Love!
On Sunday, February 9, visitors will learn the secrets of ice carving and how carvers use their tools to create a work of art from a block of ice.
Members of the public will have an opportunity to create their own ice carvings with the help of professionals during the Public Ice-Carving Challenge on Sunday, February 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Registration required, participants must be at least 18 years of age.)
What's more, visitors to Crystal Garden will have the opportunity to:
The Winterlude fun continues across the street at Ottawa City Hall all weekend with:
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 second weekend, visitors will have the chance to:
The Rideau Canal Skateway
The Rideau Canal Skateway, the world's largest skating rink, is centre stage for many activities during Winterlude's second weekend.
Beginning Friday, teams from across Canada will compete in the 6th annual Beaver Cup Pond Hockey Championship at Dows Lake.
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.
This fantastic 7.8-kilometre ice surface, which opened for its 44th season on December 31, 2013, offers families and fun-seekers a wide variety of services, including food concessions, skate and sleigh rentals, skate sharpening, rest areas, and boot check services.
For the 36th Winterlude, more than 90 programming partners, from Ottawa and Gatineau's private and public sectors, have come together to offer visitors a wide-range of indoor and outdoor activities aimed at animating the Capital like never before.
Here is just a sampling of what is taking place on the second weekend of Winterlude:
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.
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