The Viceregal Lion
  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston
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Winter Celebration Activities

Winter Celebration Activities

Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
All activities are free of charge and will take place rain or shine.

  • Bandy: This precursor of modern ice hockey will engage participants in a form of field hockey on the skating rink). Presented by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden.
  • Baltic-Nordic Film Festival: Short films from various Nordic countries will be presented inside Rideau Hall.
  • Biathlon Demonstrations: Coaches and young athletes will demonstrate the skiing and shooting skills required in this demanding sport.
  • Craft Station: Children will have the opportunity to make Canada-Netherlands friendship mittens at the craft station. Presented by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
  • Curling: Athletes will demonstrate the ins and outs of this historic sport.
  • Fairy Tales and Hygge: Stories by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen will be read aloud in a “hyggeling” atmosphere. Presented by the Kingdom of Denmark.
  • Historic Skating Rink: On the occasion of Canada’s 150th anniversary, lace up your skates in the refurbished Winter Pavilion and skate on Rideau Hall’s historic outdoor rink, now refrigerated.
  • Kicksledding: Try out this traditional means of Nordic transportation. A team from the Embassy of the Republic of Finland will demonstrate kicksledding and encourage visitors to hop on board these chair-mounted sleds. Finland will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of its independence in 2017. Presented by the Embassy of the Republic of Finland.
  • Nature Interpretation: Learn about what happens to the wild animals of our region and their habitats during the winter months. Presented by the Friends of Gatineau Park.
  • Norway Giant Ski: Strap on Velcro bindings on giant skis that hold eight adults at one time and attempt to ski in unison, without stopping or falling over. The activity is organized by the Royal Norwegian Embassy.
  • Nunavut Traditions: Students from Nunavut will share their Inuit culture and language through drumming, dancing, throat singing and winter activities.
  • Obstacle Course and Winter Camp: Members of the Governor General’s Foot Guards will introduce visitors to some of their training exercises with a fun tandem obstacle course and will demonstrate how a military camp is set up for winter.
  • Science Experiment: Don’t miss the Fire and Ice presentation by the Canada Science and Technology Museum. Witness breathtaking demonstrations: a fire tornado, an ever-changing rainbow reacting with ice and an icy bubbling “lava” reaction.
  • Snowball Challenge: Children of all ages are invited to try and knock the EU teddy bear’s hat off his head with snowballs. Weather permitting, young participants will also be invited to build their own snowmen. Presented by the European Union Delegation to Canada.
  • Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing: Visitors will be invited to explore the grounds of Rideau Hall on a snowshoeing or cross-country ski trail. Snowshoes and skis will be provided.
  • Winterlude’s Official Mascots: The Ice Hog family—Papa, Mama, Noumi and Nouma—will be on hand to offer warm hugs to children and adults alike.
  • Tours of the Residence: Visitors will be able to tour the historic residence and see the current exhibit A Reflection of Who We Are: The Canadian Honours System, which explores various facets of the Canadian Honours System.