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Good news! The 2017 edition of the Winterlude's Snowflake Kingdom has been a hit!
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Ville de Gatineau
News release
Good news! The 2017 edition of the Winterlude's Snowflake Kingdom has been a hit!

Gatineau, February 19, 2017. – Festival-goers still have until Monday to enjoy the site. Thanks to the outstanding conditions and a revamped program, the 2017 edition of the Snowflake Kingdom has been a hit.

Highlights of how everything worked out:

The National Snow Sculpture Rendez-vous was a hit! After a seven-year hiatus, the public got to appreciate works from Canada's five regions. The jury's award and the popular award went to Quebec for its work entitled Maple Snow Globe. The artists' appreciation award went to the New Brunswick team.
More than 5000 brave souls defied the zipline, which was free as part of Canada's 150th anniversary celebrations!
The after-dark activities introduced over the last few years have gained in popularity. The public was thrilled with the illumination of Mother Earth, a sculpture replicating the landmark piece of MosaïCanada 150.
The musical bicycles, presented over the second weekend, were another popular attraction at the site!
Every year, the Snowflake Kingdom welcomes approximately 200,000 festival-goers to Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau.
Close to 200 school groups visited this enormous winter playground!
There were visitors from as far away as France, China and even New Zealand at the site.
Numerous media representatives from all around visited the site.
Several bloggers and influencers also turned out to share their experiences in this giant playground.
Gatineau's new Snapchat account, launched especially for the occasion, was extremely popular. The Snowflake Kingdom geofilter was used close to 400 times, and got more than 20,000 hits.

And there's still more to come!

The Snowflake Kingdom is open until 6 p.m. today, and will be open on Monday, February 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
It is not too late to come over and make the most of the slides and admire the sculptures. There are also lots of shows, including a gig and a tale about the origins of the snowman!
Let's make it a date for next year, for the 40th edition of Winterlude, which will run from February 2 to 19, 2018.

Associated links

Promotional video of the Snowflake Kingdom:

Snowflake Kingdom:


Snowflake Kingdom Facebook Page:

Winterlude Facebook Page:

Snapchat address:
Username: ville_gatineau


Mother Earth at night
The Snowflake Kingdom's famous slides!
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Ville de Gatineau
Yves Melanson
Responsable, relations avec les médias,
Service des communications
Ville de Gatineau

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Reconnue pour sa qualité de vie, Gatineau est une ville de 285 000 habitants. Elle est située sur la rive nord de la rivière des Outaouais, et s'étend à l'est et à l'ouest de la rivière Gatineau.

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