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Skaters throng the Rideau Canal Skateway in Ottawa during Winterlude. Photo: Sarah Harris
Skaters throng the Rideau Canal Skateway in Ottawa during Winterlude. Photo: Sarah Harris

A postcard from Winterlude

In Canada's capital, winter is something to celebrate. Every year, visitors and locals alike take to Ottawa's famous frozen canals. The Rideau skateway: really an urban, outdoor ice rink.

Sarah Harris, her mom Kate, and her partner Joe traveled north for a day of skating at the city's annual Winterlude. She sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Ice slides a thrill at Ottawa's Winterlude

Winter has been a cooperative partner for Ottawa's winter carnival. Plenty of snow, ice, and temperatures mostly below freezing have kept the main events in fine form. This weekend is the last weekend to enjoy Winterlude in Canada's capital.
The Rideau skating canal is a huge crowd pleaser. But so are more than a dozen ice slides carved into huge mountains of snow in Jacques Cartier park. There are kiddie slides and long, wide chutes that half a dozen people can slide down together.
Two years ago, David Sommerstein and friends brought along a gaggle of kids. He sampled the slides, the sounds, and the crowds.  Go to full article
Skaters on Ottawa's Rideau Canal during Winterlude, 2010. Photo: Judy Andrus Toporcer, Pierrepont NY. NCPR Photo of the Day archive, Winter 2010.
Skaters on Ottawa's Rideau Canal during Winterlude, 2010. Photo: Judy Andrus Toporcer, Pierrepont NY. NCPR Photo of the Day archive, Winter 2010.

Warm weather threatens Rideau skateway

It's January and the Rideau Canal in Ottawa remains closed. The National Capital Commission--which maintains the canal-- is waiting for a good long stretch of cold weather.

It needs to be in the five degree range - and no warm days -- to harden the ice. Two winters ago, there were 58 days of skating on the canal. Last year, there were only 28, and this season doesn't look very promising.  Go to full article
Donald Watt, Whitehorse, Yukon, with his sculpture.
Donald Watt, Whitehorse, Yukon, with his sculpture.

Heard Up North: The ice sculptors circuit

Ottawa is entering its final weekend of Winterlude. The skateway and ice slides will be closed due to warm temperatures on Thursday and Friday. Organizers are hoping to preserve the ice - and the fun - for the last weekend.
The festivities always include gawking at the masterful snow sculptures around the city. The sculptors come from all over, many following a circuit of winter festivals that take them across the globe.

David Sommerstein caught up with one globetrotting ice sculptor at Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau for today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
Opening still: Inuit Knowledge & Climate Change
Opening still: Inuit Knowledge & Climate Change

"Poles Apart" Winterlude's look at the Arctic and Antarctica

Winterlude, Ottawa's big winter festival, kicked off last Friday and runs through February 21st.

While the best-know activities center around outdoor fun, there are indoor events too - including a focus on the Arctic and Antarctica.

Margret Brady is the Programs & Communications Manager for The British Council, in Ottawa. Working with a number of co-sponsors, she's helped gather material that explains more about polar regions and why what happens there matters to us all. She spoke by phone with Lucy Martin.  Go to full article

A perfect Winterlude day

Winterlude still has one more weekend to go--Ottawa's big winter festival will end on February 18th. The full length of the Rideau Canal is now open everyday--conditions permitting--and the weather this past weekend was about as nice as can be. Ottawa corespondent Lucy Martin spoke with Hugh Griffith, who was thoroughly enjoying an invigorating Sunday stroll on the Canal.  Go to full article
<i>The Snow Show</i> is a moveable feast. Audience and performers travel by sleigh between performance sites. Photo: Tim Matheson
The Snow Show is a moveable feast. Audience and performers travel by sleigh between performance sites. Photo: Tim Matheson

Theatre Review: The Snow Show in Ottawa

The Snow Show, an outdoor production of East o' the Sun, West o' the Moon by the NAC as a part of Winterlude, runs through February 18 in Ottawa. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at a recent performance and has this review. Todd Moe and Connie discuss the performance following the review.  Go to full article
A 2006 Snow Show performance. Photo: Tim Matheson
A 2006 Snow Show performance. Photo: Tim Matheson

Preview: The "Snow Show" in Ottawa

There are ice palaces, sculptures and even ice hotels. Now, there's theatre in the ice and snow. What better way to tell a winter's tale than outdoors. The Norwegian folktale East o' the Sun and West o' the Moon will be told tonight outside in Ottawa. It's being called the "Snow Show;" audiences ride horse-drawn sleighs through the Central Experimental Farm arboretum. The National Arts Centre is producing the show as part of Winterlude. It runs through February 18. Todd Moe talks with actor Paul Rainville.  Go to full article
Skaters warned off -- for now.
Skaters warned off -- for now.

Ice builds in Ottawa

The Rideau Canal winds through the heart of Ottawa. It's scenic in summer. In winter, it emerges as a dominant feature of city life, nearly five miles of outdoor skating. Students and businessmen commute on skates. Tourists come from both sides of the border. The Skateway is the star attraction for Winterlude. Hundreds of thousands of people crowd the ice during the three-week-long carnival held every February, bringing $150 million dollars into the region's economy. The unusually warm start to this winter cast doubt on any skate season at all. January may be a write-off, but deep cold has finally arrived, making Winterlude's prospects look--nearly solid. Ottawa correspondent Lucy Martin has more.  Go to full article

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