• By: Sofia Donato

Polar bear spotted in the Glebe

A typical winter in Ottawa is frequently visited by animals of all kinds. From owls and beavers to seals and even polar bears, Canadians can take photos with the impressive wildlife without fear. Just outside the patio of Pure Gelato, at Bank Street and Fifth Avenue, an eight foot tall polar bear stands guard.

The enormous yet friendly bear is one of five ice and snow sculptures decorating the Glebe, that can be found on Bank Street for Snowmania, an event included in the annual Winterlude festivities.

Throughout the downtown Ottawa area, Canadian animals line the streets, all carved from ice and snow. With intricate details, the massive polar bear was brought to life by a local artist, Ryan Hill, celebrating the national animals of Canada. Jocelyn Galipeau and Claudia Salguero carved out the remaining four sculptures in the Glebe.

Sculptures of Canadian wildlife can be spotted and admired in the Glebe neighbourhood and the rest of downtown Ottawa. People of all ages can experience the magic of Snowmania.

“Winterlude is the perfect time to get out with the family and enjoy some snow-filled fun, come and check out these sculptures, grab a bite to eat, do a bit of shopping and then hit the Rideau Canal for more Winterlude magic," says Dana Thibeault, Glebe BIA Programming & Events Managers.

The Glebe will not only hold Snowmania but Ottawa Winter Farmers' Market, Winter Brewfest, and the Snowphy Trophy Challenge – a snowman building challenge. On the Family Day weekend, the Glebe will be full of fun with entertainment including a captivating crystal ball contact juggler, a mobile photo booth and an Ottawa 67’s hockey game.

Experience the magic of Winterlude in the Glebe and the surrounding neighbourhoods from the first of February to the eighteenth.