Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

February 03, 2012 11:10 ET

Canadian Forces to Participate in Winterlude

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 3, 2012) - For the fifth year in a row, the Canadian Forces (CF) will showcase the military's unique winter activities display at Winterlude in the nation's capital during the first three weekends in February at Jacques Cartier Park.

Joining the display for the first weekend are Search and Rescue technicians from 8 Wing Trenton. Returning this year is the winter obstacle course that will test the coordination and physical fitness of children who accept the challenge. Back by popular demand is the 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group from Northern Ontario. Canadians will have the opportunity to speak to Rangers about living in Canada's north and get winter survival tips.

Soldiers from 33 and 34 Canadian Brigade Groups (Ontario and Quebec-based formations) and sailors from Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Carleton based in Ottawa, Ontario, will be on hand to help visitors try out military equipment and winter clothing. "The Canadian Forces has always been a leader in working in the cold and Arctic conditions," said Brigadier-General Fred Lewis, Commander of Joint Task Force (Central) and Land Force Central Area. "Winterlude offers visitors a unique opportunity to meet our people and see the equipment that we use."

Always ready to entertain children of all ages, the Army mascot "Juno" the polar bear will be on site to for high-fives, hugs and cheering kids through the obstacle course.

Every February, Canada's capital region is host to Winterlude, Canada's winter celebration. A great way to take in the best of our Canadian winter, Winterlude is a large festival of outdoor activities including public skating on the world's largest skating rink, snow and ice sculpture competitions, musical concerts; children's play areas and numerous other events.

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