MosaïCanada 150 – S12E17

On a rainy Friday before Canada Day, there was a new attraction at Jacques Cartier Park in Gatineau, QC as part of Canada’s 150th celebrations. The attraction is called MosaïCanada 150. It showcases the art of horticulture and the works of all of 10 provinces and 3 territories of Canada as well as the First Nations. 

Before the official 3pm opening, there was special for VIPs and media to check the event out.

Our lion dance troupe were on hand for opening ceremony and to show two of the mosaiculture sculptures from Shanghai, China. There were the dragons and lions on display from China. You can check the photo gallery below.

MosaïCanada 150 runs from June 30th until October 15th. It’s free to check out.

Happy Canada Day!

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Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival – S12E10

The first ever Ice Dragon Boat Festival in North America happened on Saturday morning. It was held at Dow’s Lake in Ottawa.

The unexpected mild temperature was pretty ideal to begin the opening ceremony. The lion dance troupe led the VIPs and politicians to the Rideau Canal Skateway. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, Melanie Joly and Minister of the Environment, Catherine McKenna were on hand for the event. As usual, the mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson and other local politicans were there for the event.

Boats on ice don’t seem in common compared to the usual boats on the water. The Ice Dragon Boat race have been a big hit in Hungary and China so far. Teams from Canada, China, Europe and USA have applied for the first inaugural race in Ottawa. I didn’t get to stay to check the race as I was there for the lion dance performance.

There was a good turnout for the Ice Dragon Boat Festival as it’s part of the 2017 edition of Winterlude as one of the new attractions. It is also part of the continuing celebration for Canada’s 150th anniversary and Ottawa 2017.

Check out the photos from the opening ceremony below.

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