Merry Christmas dear residents of Ottawa-Vanier
After a particularly difficult year, the Christmas holidays will be an opportunity to change your mind and enjoy a well-deserved rest period, even if our exchanges will have to be mainly virtual or by keeping your distance, I encourage you to stay connected with your families and friends.
It is really sad that we cannot spend New Year’s Eve together with our loved ones as we have in the past.
This year, gatherings are not allowed but there are plenty of options to spend time with family while respecting distancing and prevention measures.
Hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding are fun family activities that keep us apart and stay in our bubbles.
You can also consider virtual options:
• A video conference on Zoom to chat while drinking hot chocolate;
• Use Facetime or Skype or other tools to stay connected;
• You can even share a movie with a streaming app like Netflix Party or Disney +;
Be creative and keep in touch with your loved ones;
I also encourage you to play games with your family, listen to music, do crafts, draw, discover calligraphy or read your favorite magazine, a tale or a book, there are so many things to discover.
I hope you will take advantage of this holiday season to charge your batteries, connect with nature and take care of yourself. Do yourself a favor!
EXPERIENCE YOUR WINTER CAPITAL
To help everyone keep active during the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Capital Commission (NCC) is providing an unprecedented winter offering to create more public space for outdoor physical and mental well-being. With over 450 km of trails for skiing, snowshoeing, snow biking, walking or hiking, hills for tobogganing and fire pits to warm up by, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in our “Winter Capital.”
NCC is also making it easier for residents to discover the expanded winter trail network, with their new interactive map, while providing additional incentives to experience our assets by launching two #WinterCapital challenges!
Please note that all users are asked to practise physical distancing, and follow NCC-specific rules, as well as local public health directives to ensure that everyone can enjoy our assets safely.
MESSAGE FROM MY COLLEAGUE, THE MINISTER OF CANADIAN HERITAGE, STEVE GUILBAULT
I am pleased to invite you and yours to the 36th edition of Christmas Lights Across Canada which will take place from November 30, 2020 to January 7, 2021. Organized by the Department of Canadian Heritage, this activity is one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the winter season in Canada’s National Capital Region.
In addition to the must-see pathway of lights that brighten Confederation Boulevard, an artistic light installation titled Entre les rangs debuts on Parliament Hill this year.
Canadians will also be dazzled by IllumiNATION, a virtual show broadcast from December 17, 2020 to January 7, 2021, featuring a nationwide magical journey that will amaze young and old alike.
Join us on December 17 at 8 p.m. (EST) for the premiere of this virtual show. In the company of Mr. Gregory Charles, come and enjoy performances from talented artists from Ottawa to Old Crow in the Yukon, by way of Montréal, Toronto, Halifax, Moncton, Calgary, Vancouver and Yellowknife.
I also invite you to watch this promotional video to learn more about the event. Together, let’s share our light across the country!