Champlain Township’s Winter Carnival kicks off this week, with a modified program designed to provide a wide range of activities for the whole family, while complying with local health measures.

The carnival, which runs from February 2 to 25, will feature a number of activities, some outdoors and others where families are invited to participate on their own.

Among the events held during the month will be a Snow Sculpture Contest, where families are invited to create their own designs. All you need is containers of various sizes, a spoon for carving and some snow. Sculpture submissions will be accepted beginning Tuesday, February 1 until Thursday, February 24 at 4:00 p.m. Just send a picture of your artwork with or without the artist, name and age to the Champlain Township Facebook page.

A Winter Scavenger Hunt invites township residents to find the five different Champlain Carnival wooden snowmen that are located in the township, and take a selfie with your family and the snowman in each location. The clues to the five locations are as follows:

  1. Place to learn and read.
  2. Many sports are practiced at this facility.
  3. A park with the same last name of one of our councillors.
  4. The oldest in Ontario and the 2nd oldest in Canada.
  5. The head office.

Submissions can be sent to Champlain Township’s Facebook page until February 24 at 4 p.m.

Other activities during the winter carnival include:

Junior C Game – This Saturday, February 5, come and support your local team, the Cougars, for free. The first 50 people will get a coupon for a small popcorn at the canteen.

Craft & Fun with Champlain Library – Every Wednesday of February from 4-5 p.m., join the library staff in the lobby of the arena for some fun activities!

Cross-Country Skiing – Enjoy free access to cross-country skiing trails on the weekend of February 12-13, thanks to Ski-Vent Clic. Visit the cross-country skiing page for more information about parking and trail map.

Outdoor Skating – The Township of Champlain manages and operates three outdoor rinks in the municipality, open to the public, free of charge. Visit the Outdoor Rink page for more information about rink status and location.

Snow Slide – The Parks and Recreation Department builds and maintains a slide at Mill Street Park in Vankleek Hill during February. Be careful, respect the signage, but more importantly, have fun.

Disco Skating – Join in for free skating at the Vankleek Hill Arena every Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. On Wednesday, February 9, enjoy indoor glow stick skating with a coupon for a free slush at the canteen.

A full list of activities is available on the Champlain Township website.