Through January, work gets underway at the various Winterlude sites for the festival, which starts on Friday and runs for three weekends. Confederation Park, across from City Hall, is one of the focal points of Winterlude, with ice sculptures set up through the park. I passed through one grey day (we get a lot of grey days in the winter). The shelters were being set up at the time. Christmas trees get a second use, lining various sites through the festival, so they were in place waiting to be set up.
While I was in the park, a couple of squirrels were busy chasing each other. They stopped long enough for me to take some shots. Kleine duivel is a Dutch term that always comes to mind with these devious rascals- it means little devil. Fortunately they're so adorable.
This might seem odd. It is outside Fifth Avenue Court in the Glebe. This and several others have been set up in various locations in the city to be filled with snow- the artificial version of snow that's brought in as opposed to waiting for this thing to fill up naturally. Once that's settled into a cube shape, it's ready for snow carvers to come in and get to work on it for Winterlude. When I passed by this one yesterday, it was in the process of being worked on.