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WINTERLUDE: Norway and the Northern Lights


Hunting Aurora is on display at Confederation Park during Winterlude (Photo: Fredrick Broms)

Canada isn’t the only country celebrating Ottawa’s Winterlude with great gusto: our fellow northerners and friends at the Royal Norwegian Embassy are offering up a variety of events during the festival. Head over to Confederation Park from Feb. 1 to 18 for their exhibit on one of nature’s wonders, The Northern Lights. The exhibit Hunting Aurora: Northern Lights, Nature’s Own Magical Lantern showcases Fredrick Broms’ spectacular images, while astrophysicist Pål Brekke provides advice on the best way to track them down.

On Winterlude weekends (Feb. 2-3; 9-10; 16-17) at Confederation Park you will also find live Folklore and Storytelling in a lavvo, or Norwegian tent; you’re invited to contribute to the magical atmosphere by making snow-lanterns. For some grown-up fun, head over to the Ottawa Art Gallery on Friday, Feb. 8 for On the Rocks. The $20 ticket ($17 if you buy online in advance) includes a mug of mulled wine, or gløgg, a shot of traditional flavoured spirits, or aquavit, and Norwegian treats like cheeses and smoked salmon. Don’t forget to say “skål” as you toast!

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