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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.

On Saturday, February 8, professional ice carvers face off in an ice-carving championship and students from local high schools will create colourful ice mosaics as part of Kaleidoscope.

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:

  • meet the Ice Hog family, Winterlude's official mascots, and get one of their famous hugs
  • hold an official torch from the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games and take a seat in a bobsleigh for a unique photo opportunity
  • play broomball, a winter sport that originated in Canada
  • experience downhill skiing with qualified instructors and learn important tips for the slopes from the Canadian Ski Patrol
  • 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
  • check out the young talent spinning at Blizzard: A DJ Battle, with special guest DJ Lady B
  • 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, 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 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.

Programming Partners

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:

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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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