Thursday, February 24, 2022

A Playground Of Snow

 Winterlude in Jacques Cartier Park turns the place into a big playground. The snow sculptures in 2014 were of a sports theme, since it was a winter Olympics year.

Each year vast mounds of snow are built up in the park to create snow slides. 

Along the sides of backs of these mounds, carvings are made into the snow.

Another carving here. These are big.

A walk down toward the river shoreline takes in the frozen Ottawa River. There's someone walking out there. Something I would never do. There's open water upstream from here, and the current is swift.

This second view looks towards the Alexandra Bridge and Parliament Hill.

And back into Ottawa on another day. Skaters were on the Rideau Canal where Patterson Creek feeds into the main body of the Canal. A portion of this area is cleared for skaters.

My last featured shot for Winterlude 2014 was this ice sculpture in Confederation Park.


  1. All this snow, I know you are happy.
    It is even snowing where I live, just a dustings but snowing all around us. Desert snow.

  2. It's fun to see the Olympic sculptures!

  3.'s good to celebrate winter!

  4. It is amazing to see what art you can make out of snow. It is only sad it never will survive....

  5. Hello,
    The snow and ice sculptures are all beautiful.
    Take care, enjoy your day!

  6. It's amazing how incautious people can be on river ice, and every year a few pay with their lives.

  7. I didn’t see snow sculpture in my one trip, just ice.

  8. Those Olympic sculptures are very beautiful, just like that little bridge and the skaters by the way.

  9. Embracing winter does feel like the time goes faster. The snow sculptures are wonderful!

  10. @parsnip: I heard via another blogger that there was snow in Arizona.

    @Linda: it certainly is.

    @Tom: I think so.

    @Marianne: it's short lived.

    @Eileen: thank you.

  11. @David: people can be foolish.

    @Anvilcloud: they can generally be found here.

    @Jan: I agree.

    @Magiceye: thanks!

    @Marie: yes it does.

  12. Very beautiful. Here it´s just cold and grey, you at least have some fun - and thank you for sharing it! :-)

  13. I really like the snow sculptures.

  14. wow! gorgeous snow sculptures ~ great photos ~ love the arched bridge ~

    Wishing you lots of love in your days,

    A ShutterBug Explores
    (aka A Creative Harbor)

  15. I like the last photo where the faces are framed by the heart.

  16. Those Olympic sculptures are beautiful.

  17. The sculptures are amazing to see. A fine example of what can be done by skilled and talented artists.

  18. Genial y maravillosas fotos con esculturas en nieve que son una gozada

  19. The sculptures are always amazing. Tweeted.

  20. @Iris: lots of fun.

    @RedPat: me too.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Red: so do I.

    @Maywyn: thanks.

    @Sharon: I agree.

    @Bill: definitely.

    @Stella: thanks.

    @Happyone: they are.

    @Mari: thank you.

    @Denise: indeed.

  21. I love the second photos.
    Thanks for sharing. So nice.

  22. Truly a winter wonderland playground.

  23. Most of them are very beautiful sculptures.

  24. The snow and ice sculptures are just beautiful.

    All the best Jan

  25. I like those great carvings of olympic scenes.

  26. William - those snow sculptures are truly pieces of art - too bad they melt away. When we lived in Cleveland, we once went to the toboggan chutes - what a wild ride! Enjoy your weekend!

  27. I love the sculpture of the ice dancers. And that last show it really so striking!