Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

February 13, 2009 14:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Jack Frost Children's WinterFest

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - Feb. 13, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Member of Parliament (Egmont), today announced funding for Tourism Charlottetown and the Prince Edward Island Convention Partnership Inc.

This funding will be used to support the Jack Frost Children's WinterFest presented by the Confederation Bridge. This year's Winterfest will be held from February 13 to 15.

The Aliant Snow Kingdom, home to Jack Frost, carries the theme "Enchanted Kingdom" and will feature a snow playground and other outdoor winter fun activities including sleigh rides, snow and ice sculpting, showcases, and face painting, as well as performances for children of all ages.

"Our Government is proud to partner with communities to support activities that celebrate their local history, arts, and heritage," said Minister Moore. "Over the next two years, we will be investing an unprecedented amount of funding in festivals like this one, which contribute to a stronger local economy."

"It is important to encourage festivities like the Jack Frost Children's WinterFest," said Minister Shea. "Celebrations like this one promote a strong sense of pride among members of our community and demonstrate an ongoing commitment to celebrating Canada's rich and diverse culture."

"The financial support from the Department of Canadian Heritage will allow us to expand activities at the festival and provide additional opportunities for local performers and artisans, while enriching the magic of Jack Frost Children's WinterFest presented by the Confederation Bridge for visitors, the local community, and the many volunteers that help make it all possible," said Lee Gauthier, CEO, Tourism Charlottetown and The PEI Convention Partnership.

More than 500 volunteers help plan and put on this magical winter weekend for families. Against the backdrop of the historic Charlottetown Waterfront and the Birthplace of Confederation, the festival will showcase close to 120 local artists and artisans who will bring snow to life in a world of fairies, dragons, wizards, and magical creatures of all kinds.

Funding of $45,000 is provided through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage, which provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage. This program will benefit many community events and historic anniversaries in Canada this year.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and
    Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Atlantic Region
    Claudine Daigle
    Director, Regional Communications
    506-851-3980
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155