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Winterlude Begins!

The not-to-miss cold weather event is finally here! The 36th annual edition of Winterlude runs until February 17th... and this weekend, the competition for the best ice carving is heating up.

The large blocks of ice don't look like much now, but Suguru Kanbayshi gets a total of 28 hours to carve it into a master piece... specifically, a surfer on a wave.

Kanbayshi is no stranger to Winterlude - this is his 17th year competing in the ice sculpture competition. He hasn't won gold yet, but his team has their sights set on it this year. The winners will be announced late Sunday afternoon.

And you'll notice new structures in Confederation Park this year...

Denise LeBlanc, who is the spokesperson for the Canadian Heritage department, says five artists are showcasing their talents in a bit of an usual way. She says each artist has been given a wooden cabin as a canvas to interpret the Canadian winter, stylize them as they see fit, and each one is unique.

LeBlanc says Winterlude draws about 600,000 people annually... a third of them are from outside the National Capital Region. To find out more, visit winterlude.gc.ca

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