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09 Feb, 2014

We are winter

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Ottawa

I like the “We are Winter” ad campaign for the winter Olympics, do you? (Here’s an example if you haven’t seen it.) The tagline – We are Winter – sums us up in a way that taps into Canadian culture. It reminds us that we are people who choose to live in a climate that shapes our actions, our character, and our conversations on a daily basis.

We’re secretly, quietly, pleased to belong to a country with deep snowfalls and bone-chilling cold, and to be part of a culture that embraces it in the form of ice hotels, winter festivals, and polar bear dips. We are Winter taps into our national pride whether or not we actually participate in winter sports. Funny eh?

I saw a tweet yesterday that made me laugh: only in Canada do you see people lined up politely to look at blocks of ice. It’s funny because it’s true. There was an accompanying photo of an ice carving display at Winterlude, and the line up that went along with it. It seems to me, that Winterlude is the very definition of “We are Winter.”  As we walked around last night I couldn’t help but feel very happy and proud of the place I live. It certainly kept me warm inside.


Doing the #Ottawa thing tonight!

It was just as cold standing around the fire.  #skateway #ottawa  #winterlude

2 Responses to "We are winter"

1 | Javamom

February 10th, 2014 at 12:51 pm


As much as I am fed up with this endless cold wet icy snowy weather, one thing I am thankful for is that we do have snow. On a sunny day (today!) the white stuff sparkles and makes things look lovely and clean. Some winters are bitter cold without the white stuff and makes it so much harder to bear, doesn’t it.

I’m ok with winter sticking around for another month. But by March Break, please, take a hike.


2 | Katherine F.

February 14th, 2014 at 4:10 pm


love seeing images of Ottawa at night – a great reminder that there are still fun things to do in this dark season!

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