Ottawa – Today, Mayor Jim Watson was joined by Randy Boissonnault, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, and Yasir Naqvi, Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa-Centre, to officially launch Winterlude 2016 activities at the City’s partner sites of Lansdowne Park, City Hall and Shenkman Arts Centre. The annual festival runs from January 29 to February 15.
“Day and night, for families or for adults, diverse and dynamic programming makes the City’s partner sites the place to be throughout Winterlude,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Winterlude has always had something for everyone, and now everyone has even more thanks in part to the support of the Province of Ontario.”
For a complete list of Winterlude activities at City facilities, visit ottawa.ca. Highlights include:
- Cracking-Up the Capital: comedy festival finale and snowman world record attempt
- Fête Frissons at Shenkman Arts Centre
- Enbridge Energy on Ice
- The Mayor’s annual Family Day Skating Party at City Hall
“Through partnerships such as the one we have established with the City of Ottawa, Winterlude will offer once again this year a vast array of activities that will please festival-goers of all ages, said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. I invite everyone to take part in the 38th Winterlude, which will be launched officially tomorrow and will continue until February 15.”
Ontario funding will support Lansdowne Park Snowscapes which includes:
- A Community Snow Sculpture Competition
- Can You Hack It? Curling at the Lansdowne Skating Court.
- The Lansdowne Through the Years exhibit
- The Heat Is On dance party
“Winterlude is truly an iconic festival that defines Ottawa, attracting thousands from across Ontario and around the world,” said Yasir Naqvi, Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa Centre. “It features fantastic activities for the whole family and Ontario is proud to provide over $120,000 through Celebrate Ontario to ensure everyone gets to enjoy this wonderful festival and join in the fun.”
Ontario funding, through the Ontario Lottery Corporation (OLG), also supports the OLG Sno-Bus. This free service will shuttle riders between Jacques Cartier Park in Gatineau, Confederation Park (across from City Hall), Lansdowne Park and Dow’s Lake on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Family Day Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, visit octranspo.com or call 613-741-4390.