Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Winterlude Activities

 More today from Winterlude 2014. Stilt walkers are not unheard of, such as these heading towards Confederation Park.

In the park, activities of the past are demonstrated.

Like branding wooden plaques with the irons.

Or music around the campfire.

And maple syrup candy, poured into bins of fresh snow.

Winterlude has its own mascots: the ice hogs, a groundhog based bunch that go from site to site.

Across the river in Gatineau, Jacques Cartier Park is the biggest site for Winterlude.

Activities include zip lining.

And snow sculptures. We'll pick up here tomorrow.


  1. A wonderful and fun Winterlude. Cute mascots.

  2. Such cheerfulness and fun, exactly what I need on this day.

  3. What a fun event. I like the cute mascots and sculptures. Take care, enjoy your day!

  4. Well I would love to try that maple candy and zip lining looks so much fun. What a great festival.

  5. @Nancy: it's quite an event.

    @Jan: it has that effect.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Marianne: I do.

    @Gemel: the maple candy is good.

  6. I like the concept of cooking out on the fire as in that second photo. It must have been misery at times though when that’s all one could do.

  7.'s good to make the best of winter!

  8. The ice sculptures are what I look forward to seeing every year, William. They are amazing, creative and wonderful.

  9. @David: it is.

    @Marie: no doubt.

    @DJan: definitely.

    @Tom: I think so.

    @Beatrice: indeed.

  10. They certainly feel like simpler times - and better times.

  11. That first photo made me wonder, have you ever tried walking on stilts? I did many years ago and it is not easy. I never got past two steps.

  12. Lots of good stuff shown in this post. I like the big snow sculptures.

  13. I remember those maple syrup candies!! We used to go to Mont-Sainte-Anne to ski and we would always pass by the sugar shack to have one. I believe it was located on the green slope. My favourite slope!!

  14. Stilt-walking must be tricky if there's any ice about. That looks like a good ol' Quebecois accordion.

  15. @RedPat: indeed.

    @Magiceye: they were.

    @Sharon: I never have.

    @Red: the sculpture work always impresses me.

    @Catarina: maple syrup candy is good.

    @Bill: that it is.

    @John: it takes care.

  16. We need those fun times back soon ~ great photos

    Wishing you lots of laughter in your days,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  17. This looks like such fun. I'd love the maple sugar candy. Not sure I'd like to be the stilt walker in winter, though!

  18. I'm impressed with the people walking on stilts.

  19. How nice it's also a street festival.

  20. Such a fun festival ...

    All the best Jan

  21. Street festivals during the winter.... Brrr. But I like them very much.