The 2019 edition of the Champlain Winter Carnival happening on February 9 and 10 has something for everyone happening in two communities!

The Champlain Winter Carnival kicks off on Saturday, February 9 in L’Orignal at the L’Orignal Park with an ATOM C Hockey Game vs Parents at 10 a.m. and a family skate and some old-fashioned sliding from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m..  You are invited to check out the outdoor rink in the park that was especially made for the Winter Carnival! There will also be a treasure hunt and relay games followed by the Annual Firefighter Hockey Tournament and Barrel Jumping Competition beginning at 1 p.m..  Lunch and snacks will be available on site.

Carnival-goers can continue the fun and make their way to Vankleek Hill, at the Community Centre (36 Mill Street) for more family-friendly activities in the afternoon beginning at 2 p.m.. A lobby bar will be open at the arena, there will be kids crafts in the Reception Hall from 2 to 4 p.m., free indoor public skating disco-style from 2 to 5 p.m. and a 4-on-4 Family Fun Hockey Tournament on the outside rink in Mill Street Park (36 Mill Street) from 2 to 5 p.m.  To register for the 4-on-4, please contact [email protected]  If hockey is not your thing, the carnival will also be hosting the Second Annual Loud & Dirty LumberJack Competition, again in the Mill Street Park with single and double log cuts, axes throwing and more. To register for this competition, email [email protected]

Please note that the Champlain Winter Carnival 4 on 4 Hockey Tournament and the Lumberjack Competition (both on Feb 9th in Vankleek Hill) will generate funds for Maïka Lefebvre, who is fighting cancer of the brain (high grade glioma DIPG). A GoFundMe page was created about four months ago for the five-year-old and so far, $20,100 of the $25,000 objective has been raised. Funds are being raised to assist the young girl and her parents. You can visit that page to read more or donate here.

The fun continues from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with a magic show by David Jans (free admission) in the Reception Hall and then a free Junior C Cougars Game against St-Isidore starting at 7 p.m. with new intermission games and prizes that will surely keep you on your toes. The Cougars Den Canteen will be open, so come and try their famous poutines! Come support the Cougars!

On  Saturday, February 10 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., be at the Vankleek Hill Fairgrounds, 92 Main Street West for the Ninth Annual Vintage Snowmobile Ride.   Breakfast will be served from 9 to 11 a.m. followed by the snowmobile ride at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The cost for the ride and breakfast is $20 per person. The cost for the ride is $10 or if you come for breakfast only, the cost is $10 per person. No trail pass is required for this ride!

The Champlain Winter Carnival is also holding a colouring and design contest and a snow sculpture contest.  Participants for the snow sculpture contest must register by sending an email to [email protected]  Sculptures must be ready before February 1!

Winners of the colouring & design contest and of the snow sculpture contest will be announced during the Junior C Cougars Game on Saturday, February 9.

For more information on the Champlain Winter Carnival visit, visit the Facebook page @champlainrecreation or email us at  [email protected]

Organizers thank sponsors and volunteers which make events like this possible!