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Winterlude declared a success


Warm weather isn't expected to have affected the turnout for this year's event
Warm weather isn't expected to have affected the turnout for this year's event

Matt Casey, staff writer

February 22, 2011 — The 33rd edition of Ottawa's Winterlude is expected to have drawn in over 600,000 visitors.

The event features all kinds of activities and foods
The event features all kinds of activities and foods

Despite warm temperatures and rain for the last week of Ottawa's Winterlude, organizers say the event was largely a success.

There were fears among some people that last week's above seasonal temperatures would put an early end to the event. Warm and rainy weather forced the closure of the Rideau Canal Skateway for a couple of days. But luckily for Winterlude's organizers, temperatures turned much colder over the weekend. That allowed the full length of the Skateway to be opened for the final day on Monday.

Marie Lemay, CEO for the National Capital Commission, says the festival adjusted well to any weather issues this year because of creative planning by the organizers. More indoor events were added to offset any outdoor venues that could have closed because of the weather.

The 34th edition of the event runs next year from February 3rd to February 20th, 2012.

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