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Winterlude in full swing

Staff writers

February 8, 2012 — The 34th annual Winterlude festival has thousands of Canadians flocking to Ottawa. Including The Weather Network's own Suzanne Leonard.

Winterlude kicked off February 3
Winterlude kicked off February 3

It was the first weekend of Winterlude in Ottawa, and The Weather Network was broadcasting LIVE from Canada's Capital Region.

Suzanne Leonard celebrated the joys of winter with ice carving, giant snow slides and reports from Snowflake Kingdom.

"There were all kinds of treats and surprises throughout the weekend. It's a fantastic showcase of winter," says Leonard.

Another favourite family tradition at Winterlude is skating along the Rideau Canal.

The skateway suffered some setbacks in January due to rain and fluctuating temperatures. Officials say the milder conditions had an impact on the ice growth and prevented the surface from solidifying.

The canal is now open in its entirety, but officials with the National Capital Commission are asking skaters to exercise caution as there are areas with rough, patchy ice and pressure cracks.

Weather conditions in Ottawa
Weather conditions in Ottawa

Throughout the month of February, about 650,000 people are expected to attend Winterlude. The event runs for three weekends and will remain open on Family Day.

Are you heading to Winterlude? We would love to see your photos and videos. You can upload them to our gallery anytime.

The latest weather details for Winterlude can be found on the Ottawa city forecast page.

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