The National Capital Commission (NCC) welcomed today the Ice Hog family, Winterlude’s official mascots, to Canada’s Capital Region. Papa and Mama Ice Hog and their twins Nouma and Noumi arrived at the Capital Infocentre accompanied by their winter friend from Québec City, Bonhomme Carnaval.
“The reunion between the Ice Hog family and Bonhomme Carnaval reflects the spirit of collaboration that has existed for several years between two major Canadian winter celebrations,” said the CEO of the NCC, Marie Lemay. “This reunion also demonstrates the strong relationship between members of the Canadian Urban Winter Festivals Coalition.”
“The Québec Winter Carnival is proud to have created a coalition comprised of dynamic and professional people who want to focus on raising Canada’s visibility around the world,” said Jean Pelletier, Executive Director of the Québec Winter Carnival. “The Canadian Urban Winter Festivals Coalition is an integral part of our desire to promote the development of powerfully attractive Canadian tourism events.”
The Ice Hog Family
As the legend goes, the Ice Hogs travel from Canada’s Far North to the Capital Region every year around this time to meet the hundreds of thousands of visitors who come to participate in one of Canada’s greatest winter celebrations. The 33rd edition of Winterlude will take place from February 4 to 21, 2010, Ontario Family Day. Until then, the Ice Hog family will settle into their home away from home at the Sun Life Snowflake Kingdom in Jacques-Cartier Park.
Winterlude Program of Activities
In a few weeks, the NCC will unveil the official program for the 33rd Winterlude and the 41st season of skating on the Rideau Canal Skateway with all the elements that make Canada\’s Capital Region in winter a fun and enriching experience: sports and leisure, arts and culture and culinary events.
Québec Winter Carnival
The Québec Winter Carnival will take place from January 28 to February 13, 2011. The Carnival invites you to appreciate the joys of winter in the enchanting surroundings of Old Québec. The Carnival offers a unique winter experience with spectacular sporting events, mind-blowing nightlife and activities for the whole family.
Canadian Urban Winter Festivals Coalition
Winterlude and the Québec Winter Carnival are active members of the Canadian Urban Winter Festivals Coalition which aims to share experience, knowledge, creativity and best practices gained by these premiere Canadian winter festivals. Other members include the Festival du Voyageur in Winnipeg, Montreal High Lights Festival and the Toronto’s WinterCity Festival.
For more information about Winterlude, please contact the NCC at 613-239-5000, 613-239-5090 (TTY), 1-800-465-1867 (toll-free) or 1-866-661-3530 (toll-free TTY), or visit the NCC’s website at www.canadascapital.gc.ca.