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27 Feb, 2010

Winterlude memories 2010: a postcard from Jacques Cartier park in Gatineau

Posted by andrea tomkins in: - Ottawa for kids|Easy ways to make kids happy

The canal is closed! There’ll be no more skating this year. We’re a little sad about that, but looking back on Winterlude we are happy that this was the year we decided to do something new (for us) and check out the action at Jacques Cartier park in Gatineau.

We went on Family Day. This was the scene:

Winterlude at Jacques Cartier Park

There was a lot of fun stuff for families. Take, for example, the ice maze:

Ice maze at Jacques Cartier Park

… and of course, the ice slides. I like the wide ones, which are great because we can all slide down at once. The girls went down alone a couple of times too:

Ice sliding at Jacques Cartier Park

Ice slide at Jacques Cartier Park

The line-ups looked daunting, but they really weren’t too bad:

The lineup: Jacques Cartier Park

Inner tube sliding was fun too:

Inner tube sliding at Jacques Cartier Park

Sliding at Jacques Cartier Park

… but what goes down must come back up again:

What comes down, must come up

I really liked the snow sculptures. They are massive:

Snow sculpture at Jacques Cartier Park

Snow sculpture at Jacques Cartier Park

And we saw some of the urban cozies organized by Spins & Needles :

tree cosies at Jacques Cartier Park

… in a word: HILARIOUS.

Urban tree cosies at Jacques Cartier Park

Soon it was time to head back to the car. We had to park at the National Gallery (after an unsuccessful attempt to find parking in the Museum of Civilization and the whole of Gatineau). No big deal, it’s a pretty walk, with much to take in:

The bridge from Quebec

The walk back from Jacques Cartier Park

View of Ottawa from the bridge

All in all, a pretty good day. Reminds me how much I love this town, and what great a place it is for families.

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5 Responses to "Winterlude memories 2010: a postcard from Jacques Cartier park in Gatineau"

1 | Finola

February 27th, 2010 at 3:10 pm


We usually go to Jacques Cartier Park once per Winterlude and I just think it’s an exceptional day for the family, and it’s all free. Really we are so lucky to live in Ottawa!

2 | Sean

February 27th, 2010 at 5:27 pm


Fantastic pictures – these will really help me get my kids interested in moving to Canada & specifically Ottawa.

3 | Ginger

February 27th, 2010 at 7:42 pm


I think that one of the many trips to Canada, that I am planning in my head for the future, will definitely have to be in the winter time. Ice Slides!??! That sounds like so much fun!

4 | Chantal

February 28th, 2010 at 12:59 pm


We didn’t make it this year and it makes me sad. I just couldn’t fathom being there with the baby and where would I nurse him and… But next year we will for sure

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