Samuel de Champlain’s Visit in 1613
Take a step back in time as we mark the 400th anniversary with games, Algonquin traditions, dancing and a majestic snow sculpture!
It’s the 400th anniversary of explorer Samuel de Champlain’s passage through what is now Canada’s Capital Region. Join us at the Snowflake Kingdom in Jacques-Cartier Park as we highlight the voyage, the support from the Algonquin peoples and the culture of New France.
Snow Wall Sculpture
The most striking feature to mark the anniversary is the massive snow sculpture by the super slides. The great wall of snow is carved into a stunning mural that depicts Champlain’s visit to the region.
There are also several activities that are sure to be fun for the whole family!
Join in some old-time games on a large scale. Enjoy a giant chess game, giant bowling and much more!
Come and warm up by the fireside for an introduction to the daily lives of the Algonquin peoples. Explore this rich culture through its ceremonies, rituals and history.
On February 2 and 3, catch one of the shows on the snowflake stage. Inspired by Champlain and New France, the weekend’s performances include traditional folk dancing and a peek into the day-to-day life of a 17th century sailor.
Finally, as you explore the Snowflake Kingdom, keep an eye out for roaming buskers dressed in period costume!
Check out the Winterlude calendar for more family events.