Ottawa’s Winterlude cancels its in-person events for 2022


Winterlude National Ice-Carving Championship will be a Facebook event

OTTAWA, ON, Jan. 28, 2022 – Following the cancellation of the Bearvertails Ice Dragon Boat Festival, due to public health COVID-19 measures, Winterlude event organisers annunced last week that they are also cancelling all in-person events for 2022, including Snowflake Kingdom.

The hugely popular Winterlude National Ice-Carving Championship will be taking place as an online event across the country on Facebook. Competitors will remain in their hometowns and have 20 hours to carve their masterpieces with an Olympic and Paralympic spirit,’’ in keeping with the virtually coinciding 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

Between February 11 and 20, 2022, the public can vote for their favourite sculptures online.

Event organisers officially say, “This year, the ice sculptures will truly be the stars of Winterlude!

“Due to evolving public health measures, and because the well-being of all remains our highest priority, Canadian Heritage has taken a safer approach for Winterlude 2022. As such, in-person activities at the Snowflake Kingdom and in Ottawa, will not take place.

“For the 44th edition of Winterlude, Canadians from coast to coast will get to enjoy world-class works of art and vote online for their top 3 favourite sculptures as part of Winterlude’s ever-popular National Ice-Carving Championship.”

Winterlude National Ice-Carving Championship

Representing every one of Canada’s 10 provinces, teams of 2 sculptors have 20 hours to sculpt 15 blocks of ice and to create a work of art inspired by the theme ‘’Olympic and Paralympic spirit,’’ a nod to the 2022 Winter Games.

Across the country

Vote for your favourites

Between February 11 and 20, 2022, cast your vote online. The 3 winning sculptures will be selected through online voting by the public. Your participation is therefore essential and we’re counting on you!

Stay tuned for Championship developments by following the Facebook event.

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