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The magical Snowflake Kingdom winter playground is officially open!
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Ville de Gatineau
News release
The magical Snowflake Kingdom winter playground is officially open!

Gatineau, January 31, 2020. – Winterlude's Snowflake Kingdom is now officially open! A chance for everyone to have fun at Jacques-Cartier Park from January 31 to February 17, 2020. Admission to the most popular family winter event is free!

For the full program lineup, go to

This year at the Snowflake Kingdom!

Magician Daniel Coutu, who is the event's spokesperson, will be on hand at the site.
- This native of Gatineau is quite familiar with the Snowflake Kingdom, which he visited as a child.
- Highly popular with kids and parents alike, he rediscovered the Snowflake Kingdom a few years ago with his own children.
- Follow the Snowflake Kingdom Facebook page for his scheduled visits.
The giant slides for which the Snowflake Kingdom is so well known are back! Regular visitors will be happy to once again find the Iceberg, the Glacier and the Chinook, with a total of 15 sliding corridors.
- When it comes to fun and safety, nothing is left to chance – the slopes, heights and speeds are carefully calculated for each of the slides.
- The slides will be illuminated in the evening.
Thrill seekers will be delighted to try out the zip line running over the central area. Suspended 9.1 metres (30 feet) in the air, it extends over 167.6 metres (550 feet)! There is a charge for this activity.
There are several sculptures adorning the site. Visitors will even be able to watch some of them being carved on the first weekend. Be sure to take in the three dimensional sculptures and the giant mural covering two walls of the Chinook slide.
- In total, 9 sculptors worked some 600 hours at the Snowflake Kingdom on the snow sculptures.
Those who like to take selfies will have a great time with the snow silhouettes carved into the walls of the slides.
Kids between 5 and 8 years of age can get a free introduction to downhill skiing and snowboarding from energetic monitors.
The Zone Bouts de chou provides fun play structures for the little ones.
Everyone can have some fun with the giant versions of some local favourite board games, including tic-tac-toe, Connect 4, snakes and ladders and more
Kids of all ages will get to challenge themselves with the obstacle course.
Visitors who would like to warm up can head over to the Baratanga igloo and try out some drumming.
Parents and friends can challenge each other with a game of tug!
There will be an interactive treasure hunt each Saturday and Sunday with five Snowflake Kingdom prizes.
Kids will get to experience ice sculpting as they dig around in the ice and discover its treasures!
Outdoor fireplaces will be spread throughout the site for anyone who needs to warm up.
And of course, the Ice Hog family will be around! Every year, Mama, Papa, Noumi and Nouma move into the Snowflake Kingdom, ready to hand out hugs!

Shuttle bus and parking

Like every year, a free shuttle connects the Winterlude destinations. Go to OLG Sno-Bus for schedules.
- The shuttle runs all three weekends during Winterlude.
- There is a park-and-ride at the Guertin arena, with a shuttle on Saturdays and Sundays between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
There will be a few street closures and changes to parking to ensure the safety of visitors to the Snowflake Kingdom. Go to details and street maps on the Snowflake Kingdom Web site.


An integral part of Winterlude, the Classique du Ruisseau de la Brasserie, will take place on February 8 on the ruisseau de la Brasserie skating rink. Besides the traditional hockey game on a natural frozen body of water, several free activities are planned.
The Snowflake Kingdom is one of seven Winterlude destinations.
Gatineau is proud to have been a co-producer, along with Heritage Canada, of the Snowflake Kingdom giant winter playground since 1982.
Quebec's ministère du Tourisme also contributes to the success of this event.
For the full program lineup, go to


“Winterlude's Snowflake Kingdom is highly anticipated, particularly among Gatineau families! Year after year, this winter playground attracts close to 200,000 visitors to Jacques-Cartier Park, adding to Gatineau's renown. Everyone looks forward to the Snowflake Kingdom's classics, and will be sure to enjoy this year's additions. Our teams have been working hard with those at Canadian Heritage, getting everything ready so everyone can have a fun time,” indicated Isabelle N. Miron, chair of Gatineau's Commission des arts, de la culture, des lettres et du patrimoine.


Snowflake Kingdom promotionnal video

Associated links

Snowflake Kingdom


Free Sno-Bus Shuttle


Promotionnal campaign
On this picture, from left to right : Papa Glamotte, Tim Hortons representatives, OLG representatives, Nouma, Maman Glamotte, Mrs Isabelle N. Miron, présidente de la Commission des arts, de la culture, des lettres et du patrimoine de la Ville de Gatineau, Daniel Coutu, magician and spokesperson of the Snowflake Kingdom, Mrs Emmanuelle Sajous, Director General, Major Events, Commemorations and Capital Experience, Mr. Mike Duggan, vice-président de la Commission des arts, de la culture, des lettres et du patrimoine de la Ville de Gatineau and Noumi.
Daniel Coutu, spokesperson of the Snowflake Kingdom
The slides are illuminated in the evening.
The giant zip line
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