Snow filled start to Winterlude 2014
Friday, January 31, 2014, 8:45 AM -
The winter festival season is underway in parts of Canada, but one of the biggest celebrations kicks off this Friday.
Ottawa's Winterlude is a famous annual tradition and attracts residents from all over the country.
Throughout the month of February, about 650,000 people are expected to attend the event.
The celebrations include an ice carving competition, giant snow slides and skating on the Rideau Canal.
Since 1971, skating on the Canal has been a tradition in the Nation's Capital.
The Skateway is 7.8 km long, and begins just steps from Canada’s Parliament Buildings. The scenic skating rink extends to Dows Lake.
The Canal has suffered some setbacks in previous years due to milder winter temperatures, but according to the National Capital Commission, the current status of the ice is "very good."
The city of Ottawa could also see up to 15 cm of snow this weekend making for a very wintry start to the outdoor festival.
ARDA AT WINTERLUDE: The Weather Network's Arda Ocal will broadcasting LIVE from Winterlude all weekend long, so be sure to tune into The Weather Network on TV for his coverage.
The 36th edition of Winterlude runs from January 31 to February 17, 2014.