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You say Winterlude. Insiders call it Fun-a-lude
Midway between winter and spring, Ottawa throws a party

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Toronto, January 28, 2009 – Ottawa is the capital of winter fun. And, as Canada reaches that halfway mark between winter and spring, the city is getting set to take a Winterlude break.
Every February, Canada’s Capital Region is host to Winterlude, the nation’s largest and most popular winter celebration. This year the festival runs February 6th to 22nd, which means there are three fun-filled weekends of excitement and activity awaiting visitors! 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.
Most of the Winterlude activities are absolutely free! It costs nothing to skate on the frozen downtown Rideau Canal, the world’s largest skating rink! Tourists are encouraged to bring their cameras to get pictures of the majestic snow sculptures and glittering ice sculptures that have been constructed throughout the downtown region. Nothing keeps out the cold more than dancing, so it is not surprising that visitors groove to energetic rhythms at the free American Express Snowbowl, located on the Rideau Canal Skateway, at Rideau Street, near the Government Conference Centre.
The city has put together an easy-to-use Winterlude website. lists all event times and locations and is updated as new happenings are added to the program. Some of the most popular are listed below.
A brand new Winterlude Sound and Light Show called Ukiuk, which means “winter” in Inuktitut, celebrates the Canadian winter. The free 20-minute multimedia show projects giant images at the Snowbowl, three times nightly Thursday through Sunday evenings during Winterlude. The Ukiuk show includes giant images, dazzling lighting, pyrotechnic effects and a captivating soundtrack that takes visitors through an impressionistic world on an emotion-packed journey from shadow into light.
In between shows of Ukiuk, top Canadian performers will be on stage giving free concerts. Jim Cuddy, Colin James and Roch Voison are three of the headline acts.
Other Winterlude events include three weekends of ice carving contests in Confederation Park, tobogganing on the giant Sun Life slide in Jacques-Cartier Park, the 26th running of the Winterlude Triathlon on the frozen Rideau Canal (open to skaters, skiers and runners) and the 29th annual bed race along the canal on the afternoon of Saturday February 7th.

During February there are several other major happenings that are running in concert with Winterlude that will be of interest to Ottawa bound tourists.
The most popular restaurants and cafes in the Capital Region are presenting Taste of Winterlude, which begins before the outdoor festival (January 29th) and runs to February 22, 2009. The participating dining establishments have created exclusive prix-fixe menus; fine dining experiences, wine pairings and other culinary delights over a four-week run. This is an extremely popular dining program and visitors should check Ottawa Tourism’s website, for a list of participating restaurants and details about their Winterlude meals.
The Beaver Cup Pond Hockey Tournament will be played outdoors on Dows Lake during Winterlude. Twenty teams will face-off on four-on-four “pond” rinks. Spectators are welcome to take in the action, the games will be played daily February 13-15, 2009.
Every year, over 3000 skiers from more than 20 different countries come to the Ottawa Region to take part in the Canadian leg of the WorldLoppet circuit, the Keskinada Loppet. Canada's largest cross-country ski event brings together the world’s elite skiers to compete in this high caliber competition. Recreational skiers, nature-lovers and families looking for an outdoor activity can also take part in this three-day event. Keskinada Loppet runs February 13 – 15 at
Gatineau Park.
Tourists wanting information, tickets and lodging reservations can visit, a powerful website operated by Ottawa Tourism and supported by the region’s growing tourism industry.
Ottawa Tourism provides destination marketing, strategic direction and leadership in cooperation with members and partners to service the travel media and attract visitors, tours and conventions to Ottawa and Canada’s Capital Region. Its vision is to build recognition of Ottawa as an outstanding four-season tourism destination.


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