Winterlude puts personal fun on ice for the second year in a row

Canadian Heritage says all in-person Winterlude activities have been canceled for the second year in a row due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The federal department announced Tuesday that the Snowflake Kingdom, a massive event at Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau, Que., that includes many winter activities, will not take place, in addition to Winterlude events in Ottawa.

The National Ice Sculpting Competition, in which sculptors from across Canada will have 20 hours to create art using 15 blocks of ice, will take place and the sculptures will be available to view and vote for online.

The festival also canceled events in 2021, with the festivities going virtual due to the pandemic.

Canadian Heritage says it has consulted with partners about how Winterlude could still happen safely, but the Omicron variant of COVID-19 continued to spread, forcing organizers to take a cautious approach.

Most events would kick off in early February.

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