This post was sponsored by Samsung, who donated their new Samsung Galaxy camera to let our volunteers snap some pics and take in the sights, sounds and tastes of Ottawa’s marquee winter event.
Winterlude comes but once a year, and when it comes it makes -15 weather almost tolerable. We started off by trekking down to Confederation Park on the first weekend of activities to discover a Confederation Park packed with people coming to see the traditional ice sculptures (I was pretty impressed the Alien-esque one!) as well as this year’s Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival Lantern garden (particularly cool looking at night). The NCC had brought in The Kettle Boys from some for olde time maple syrup making, olde time rope making, lumberjacks, and stamping hammers. Before heading to the Canal, we got sucked into the Confederation Centre by the most beautiful husky pup I’ve ever seen. There, the Northwest Territories were putting on an exhibit showcasing all there is to see in this part of the great white north.
The Canal was certainly the most packed I’ve seen it all winter, but unfortunately we couldn’t partake in the fun as we didn’t have our skates. Later on in the evening, I crossed the street to City Hall to see what Andrew O’Malley’s Snow Cones looked like after dark. You can control the colours of the cones using a smart phone. Pretty cool. The piece is part of the IllumiNation outdoor art light art gallery.