Thursday, February 23, 2017

Within The Park

Here's another view of that map of Canada ice sculpture in the park.

Nearby was this stage, with other ice sculptures on it and before it. The backdrop includes the Lord Elgin Hotel and the National Aboriginal Veterans Monument.

Before Valentine's Day, a heart themed ice sculpture can always be counted on to be carved somewhere in the park.

While visiting the park over Winterlude, I stopped by the Animals In War memorial and took a photo of the life sized dog that is part of the monument. He was decked out in snow.

There were several fresh sculptures of the smaller scale carved on the second weekend, arranged around the fountain in the park. Here are some, and I'll show you others tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Vimy Memorial

Another large ice sculpture was added in Confederation Park during Winterlude. This year marks the centennial of the Battle Of Vimy Ridge during the First World War. The battle, a key moment in Canadian history, raged between April 9th to 12th, 1917, and resulted in Canadian troops taking the ridge from German soldiers. The large memorial standing today on the battlefield in France is incorporated into this ice sculpture with a maple leaf. An icy variant on one of the statues the memorial's designer, Walter Allward, placed among that memorial, titled Canada Bereft, stands before the main sculpture. I took these shots on two different days; the last three shots were taken after we had some snow.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Snow Goons

"I bet he's making an army! In a few days, he could build a hundred snow goons! If each of them built another hundred, then those all built a hundred more, why... that would be pretty cool, if they weren't out to kill me." ~ Calvin
"I vote we make tracks for Florida." ~ Hobbes

On the second weekend of Winterlude, Lansdowne Park had the football field opened up for kids to come build snowmen. Most of these are small- about three feet tall, and some of them seem to be of geometric, peculiar shapes. And we had snow afterwards, so some of them got buried in the snow, and are present in the form of pyramids of the white stuff. I was oddly reminded of that terracotta army in China, all silent and just waiting for orders.

Going around to the east side of the stadium allowed me a closer bit of access, as the gate was open. I stopped to photograph the ridge line, which is being used these days for toboggans.

Once on the field itself, I photographed some of the snowy figures. This is the first time I've been on the field. The snowmen look like a silent army, some with odd shapes, others looking almost armoured.

Leaving again through the gate, I paused to photograph the pedestrian bridge that links the stadium's north side with the ridge, with the Aberdeen Pavilion behind it.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Ice Dancing

Today is the last official day of Winterlude, but of course I have many more photos to come. It's also Family Day here, an official day off, so I will be scarce. 

On the weekends during Winterlude, there are several times when the ice rink outside City Hall and Cartier Square are given over to skating demonstrations. Young skaters from the Minto Skate Club here in the city went out on the ice and showed their skills. I photographed three sets. The first two are here- a pair of skaters and a solo skater. The third set, another pair, will be used for a theme day later in the year.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Cold Rogue

The Chateau Laurier always participates in Winterlude as one of the official hotels, and ice sculptures are found at the front entrance. These get a good deal of sun exposure during the day, as they face south, unlike the ice sculptures at the nearby Lord Elgin Hotel, which only get direct sunlight in the morning. So these end up looking less transparent as time goes on.

Passing to the west side of the Chateau, where it overlooks the Rideau Canal, I noticed work going on on the terrace that usually takes the pedestrian to Major's Hill Park. The work extends down into the Canal itself. This is a temporary framework for an event that will be taking place here in early March, after Winterlude is done. It's called Crashed Ice, and involves skaters doing something, well... slightly insane. This event is also held yearly in the old quarter of Quebec City, but this will be the first time in Ottawa. I hope to get some shots in while all this is going on.

I went down to the Lord Elgin to get some selfie shots in on the ice bench I showed you some days ago. Yes, it is cold to sit on. My genetic curse red cheeks, dimples, and signature scowl were on display.

Saturday, February 18, 2017


The Byward Market area has for years featured one or two snow sculptures during Winterlude. This year it's a large one, done by three carvers: Jocelyn Galipeau, Sebastien Gaudy, and Mowafak Nema. The first two were involved in the snow sculptures I've shown you around the Glebe. As a nod to Canada's 150 years of Confederation, their theme brought together five Fathers Of Confederation into a single snow sculpture, and I'm adding in links for each. Starting at the left, slightly apart from the others, is Louis Riel, the Metis leader and founder of Manitoba who was hung for treason for his role in the Metis uprising of 1885, but has since come to be considered a Father of Confederation. Our first Prime Minister, John A. Macdonald, is to his right. The Irish nationalist turned eloquent Canadian politician Thomas D'Arcy McGee is next, followed by journalist and politician George Brown. Macdonald's co-premier in the lead-up to Confederation finishes the set, George-Etienne Cartier, with a variation on the Peace Tower at the extreme right.