By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: When is Ottawa celebrating Winterlude?

A: Ottawa’s Winterlude festival is slated to run the first three weekends in February. Dates are February 3-19 2006. The popular annual event has loads of fun activities for families and couples of all ages. Catch the festival’s mascots, Mama and Papa Ice Hog and their children Noumi and Nouma skate along the Rideau Canal or take a family photo with them.

Most Winterlude activities are free of charge, but registration and admission fees may apply to certain sporting events and shows. For more information, log onto the Winterlude web site at


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