The first day of each month is always a theme day for members of City Daily Photo. For March, that theme is Play. You can see how others are interpreting the theme here.
I am in the midst of a series on Winterlude, the February celebration of winter that takes place here in the National Capital Region, and decided that my take on this theme would be the ideal time to look at events over on the Gatineau side of the Ottawa River. Jacques Cartier Park is a large park taking up a good part of the shore across from Ottawa's downtown, and is traditionally the scene for a big winter snow playground, with slides, snow sculptures, and other activities. This year all of that was situated in the east section of the park. I went over on the second weekend of the festival, on what turned out to be a grey day. At a distance, one could see the large mound of snow that comprised the ice slides, useful for going down with sleds or inner tubes. There were sizable lines waiting to go up to the top on each side.
One of the other activities set up here was for young kids (such as under five) to learn the basics of skis or snowboarding- you can see that in the gentle slopes set up here.
Traditional sleds were also available for parents to take their toddlers out on. You can see the frozen Ottawa River and Ottawa itself beyond the perimeter of the park.
Here we have views of the slides from the east side. In the second shot, you can see someone at the left in the midst of a descent. I've done this before, and it is fun.
I've spent much less time in the east side of Jacques Cartier Park than I have in the west side, so I don't know if this particular piece of playground equipment is a permanent part, or was brought in as part of the festival.
At the eastern most edge of the park, a sled dog run had been set up, with teams of dogs pulling sleds for a different kind of winter experience. The building in the background, once a house, is a tourist information spot these days, renting bikes in the summer. Have a look at it in summer here. I will have more from this park over the next three days as I continue my Winterlude series.