Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

January 25, 2012 07:26 ET

REMINDER: Don't Miss Winter Celebration at Rideau Hall this Saturday

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 25, 2012) - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston invite the public to attend the annual Winter Celebration at Rideau Hall, on Saturday, January 28, 2012, from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Hockey fever will be in the air this year as the Governor General, along with special guests, will host the launch of a new National Hockey League (NHL) Program Center for the Ottawa region.

Winter Celebration

Winter Celebration is the perfect opportunity for everyone to get active and come experience Nordic sports and traditions through a variety of free outdoor activities. Families and sports enthusiasts will brave the cold by warming up to entertaining activities such as dog sledding; cross-country skiing; snowshoeing; skating on the outdoor rink; participating in giant ski races offered by the Royal Norwegian Embassy; kicksled excursions offered by the Embassy of Finland; or playing Bandy, a form of field hockey on ice, offered by the Embassy of Sweden. The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands will allow visitors to try on giant wooden shoes and see its display on the innovation of speed skates over the years. In addition, students of Nunavut Sivuniksavut will share their Inuit culture and language through drumming, dancing, throat singing and traditional winter activities.

From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., visitors will be able to tour the historic residence, and its State rooms.

Public Launch of NHL Hockey is for EveryoneProgram Center

At 3 p.m., on Rideau Hall's skating rink, as part of the 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend, His Excellency will join George Stroumboulopoulos, host of CBC Television's "George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight;" Mr. Willie E. O'Ree, NHL pioneer, Hockey for Everyone ambassador and Member of the Order of Canada; and Mr. Norm Flynn, Executive Director of Hockey Education Reaching Out Society (H.E.R.O.S.), to launch the first-ever NHL Hockey is for Everyone™ Program Center in Ottawa.

Fifteen local youngsters from the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa (aged 10 to 12) will lace-up and join the Governor General and special guests Mr. Stroumboulopoulos; Mr. O'Ree; Mr. Flynn; and NHL Alumni and NHL All-Stars for hockey drills and a game of shinny on the historic rink (ice conditions permitting.)

For the complete list of activities at Winter Celebration, visit All activities are free of charge and will take place rain or shine.

The event is presented in partnership with the NHL, the Embassy of Finland, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Royal Norwegian Embassy, the Embassy of Sweden, and the National Capital Commission. For more information, please visit, or contact us by phone at 613-991-4422 or by email at

For interviews on Winter Celebration, please contact Marie-Ève Létourneau at the Rideau Hall Press Office at 613-998-0287 or

Media representatives wishing to cover the Winter Celebration must confirm their attendance in advance with the Rideau Hall Press Office ( and are required to wear their media identification cards at all times while on the Rideau Hall grounds.

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