BY ADELLE FARRELLY
Winterlude Weekend: Friday, February 8
Ready for a fun, and free (!), Winterlude activity to delight snow lovers of all ages? Head over to Jacques Cartier Park for a day of kicksledding.What the heck is a kicksled? Well, its name pretty much gives it away — a sled, with a chair on it, that you kick to get moving. It’s a thrill for the child perched up top and for the one doing the kicking!
Cool fashions breeze into town during the Winterlude edition of Ottawa Fashion Week. From Friday, Feb. 8 to Sunday, Feb. 10, check out some of the best local and international designers, and get a sneak peak at Fall/Winter 2013 collections at the stunning Ottawa Convention Centre.
Film festival! Winterlude partners with the Canadian Film Institute for the opening night (and post-screening opening night reception) of Bright Nights: the 3rd Baltic-Nordic Film Festival. The festival opens with Simon and the Oaks, a tale of boyhood friendship set against the backdrop of Nazi persecution and based on Marianne Fredriksson’s bestselling novel.
Winterlude Weekend: Saturday, February 9
Does the thought of stepping out on the frozen Rideau Canal fill you with trepidation? Well, you don’t have to resign yourself to watch from the sidelines while others take part in the iconic Ottawa tradition, thanks to the FREE 45-minute skating lessons offered by professional coaches from local skating clubs throughout the day.
Hark back to the time of the voyageurs, loggers, and farmers who first brought a European influence to this part of the world with Rag and Bone Puppet Theatre’s The Flying Canoe at the Shenkman Arts Centre. The show offers entertainment geared at both kids and grown-ups, a perfect way to get a bit of history and culture together as a family this Winterlude.
Move to the beat of Lucie Tic at DJ Night, the outdoor dance party at City Hall starting at 8 p.m. You don’t have to worry about the temperature dropping, either. Just stop by the Enbridge Cabin for a free cup of warming hot chocolate.
Winterlude Weekend: Sunday, February 10
Head over to the Museum of Civilization for a trip back in time as you Explore the Wintry Side of History. Your technology-free, three-hour walk will take you through the various neighbourhoods that contributed to early Canadian society, from an inn in New France to a bustling Victorian street. End you afternoon at the Wildcat Café, where hot chocolate and poetry await.
Celebrate International Development Week Through Arts and Culture with Winterlude and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada. Enjoy free hot chocolate as you marvel at some of the amazing art being created in communities around the world, and learn about how fostering the arts is helping to alleviate poverty in Africa and Asia. The 35-mintute film Rainbow: Music of Central Asia will be screened at 2:15 p.m.