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#11 - Dec. 2010

WINTER LAKE
CARNIVALS & FESTIVALS

In Lakelubbers' last newsletter we explored Holiday Boat Parades. This month we focus our attention on nine lakes with Winter Lake Carnivals & Festivals. These frigid winter weather festivals and carnivals feature a Royal Family coronation, ice and snow sculptures and palaces, a five-mile long ice rink, outhouse and dogsled races, sleigh rides, a polar bear dive - and fireworks galore. Come join the fun in these winter wonderlands!

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WINTER LAKE
CARNIVALS & FESTIVALS

1 - Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, New York: Feb. 4-13, 2011

2 - North Lake Tahoe Snowfest, California: Mar. 4-13, 2010

3 - Saint Paul Winter Carnival, Minnesota: Jan. 27-Feb. 6, 2011

4 - Lake Elmore/Stowe Winter Carnival, Vermont: Jan. 17-29, 2011

5 - Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival, Alberta, Canada: Jan. 21-23, 2011

6 - Ottawa Winterlude Festival, Ontario, Canada: Feb. 4-21, 2011

7 - Lake George Winter Carnival, New York: Every Sat/Sun in Feb., 2011

8 - Quebec Winter Carnival, Quebec City: Jan. 28-Feb. 13, 2011

9 - McCall Winter Carnival, Payette Lake, Idaho: Jan. 28-Feb. 5, 2011

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1 - Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, New York: Feb. 4-13, 2011

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Ice Palace at Saranac LakeNestled within New York's Adirondack Mountains are the Saranac Lakes: Lower Saranac Lake, Middle Saranac Lake, and Upper Saranac Lake. The Village of Saranac Lake, located on the northern tip of Lower Saranac Lake, will host the 114th winter carnival with a 'Medieval Times' theme. The 10-day event begins with lighting of the spectacular Ice Palace, built from ice harvested from the lake, and the coronation of the Winter Carnival king and queen. Sports competitions, dances, parades, performances, and fireworks showcase this community celebration.

http://www.lakelubbers.com/saranac-lakes-220/

2 - North Lake Tahoe Snowfest, California: Mar. 4-13, 2010

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Quintessential Lake Tahoe offers every imaginable winter sport, so come join the 30th Snowfest in early March when snow conditions are great and the sunny days are getting longer. Opening night ceremonies include a laser show, a torchlight parade down the mountain, and fireworks. Enjoy or participate in the Snowfest Parade, the Polar Bear Swim, the snowman building contest, the cross-country Great Ski Race, the Wacky Winter Human Bowling (with snow saucers), and lighting of the snow sculpture that is under construction all week long.

http://www.lakelubbers.com/lake-tahoe-121/

3 - Saint Paul Winter Carnival, Minnesota: Jan. 27-Feb. 6, 2011

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Ice Castle at Medicine Lake near St. Paul

In the land of 10,000 lakes, Minnesotans describe their winter carnival as "The Coolest Celebration on Earth." Begun in 1886, this year's 125th carnival continues the tradition of celebrating St. Paul's unique history and heritage, beginning with (Minnesota's own) Royal Family Coronation. The Royal Family travels throughout the year to USA and Canadian communities to promote community awareness and volunteerism. The spectacular Ice Castle has become an internationally recognized icon of the festival - which also features ice sculpture carving competitions, a daytime parade, a torchlight parade, fireworks, and cabarets.

http://www.lakelubbers.com/minneapolisst-paul-metro-lakes-L478/

4 - Lake Elmore/Stowe Winter Carnival, Vermont: Jan. 17-29, 2011

<<< Lake Elmore, Vermont

Known as the "Ski Capital of the East," Stowe's 37th Winter Carnival continues its tradition of fun-filled events for the whole family. Whether spectator or participant, you can come join the zany Snowgolf and Snowvolleyball tournaments and Kids Carnival Kaos. Watch professional ice carvers create magnificent ice carvings throughout scenic Stowe village, and don't forget the village's nighttime family block party. Winter fun continues at nearby Lake Elmore and Elmore State Park with ice fishing, ice skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.

http://www.lakelubbers.com/lake-elmore-1767/

5 - Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival, Alberta, Canada: Jan. 21-23, 2011

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Ice Palace at Lake Louise

Snuggled in the Banff National Forest and framed by the Rocky Mountains, Lake Louise is renowned for its emerald-turquoise color. The first Banff Winter Carnival was held in 1917, cementing the region's place as a vacation destination. You can help to continue the tradition in 2011 by watching artisans as they compete in the prestigious International Ice Carving Competition. The Little Chippers Festival teaches children the art of ice carving. Are you shivering? Come in from the cold to enjoy the Carnival Magic Show.

http://www.lakelubbers.com/lake-louise-196/

6 - Ottawa Winterlude Festival, Ontario, Canada: Feb. 4-21, 2011

<<< Big Rideau Lake, Ontario, Canada

Ontario's Rideau Canal Waterway stretches 125 miles through a series of lakes and rivers connected by canals, flowing from the capital city of Ottawa to the Saint Lawrence River at Kingston. Ottawa's Rideau Canal Skateway is almost five miles long (7.8 kilometers) and holds the Guinness World Record as the largest naturally frozen ice rink. This is the setting for Ottawa's 33rd annual Winterlude. Come join the revelry along the Skateway. Don't miss the exciting opening show with its fireworks, glittering ice sculptures, and extensive snow playground.

http://www.lakelubbers.com/big-rideau-lake-1664/

7 - Lake George Winter Carnival, New York: Every Sat/Sun in Feb., 2011

<<< Lake George, New York

Sitting pretty at the base of New York's majestic Adirondack Mountains, Lake George's nickname is "Queen of American Lakes." Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1791 that "Lake George is without comparison, the most beautiful water I ever saw." So what better setting could there be for the 50th annual winter carnival featuring an ice castle sculpture, Mardi Gras parade, outhouse races, hot air balloon tethered rides, cook-offs (chowder, chili, BBQ, chicken wings), giant ice slide, snowmobile and ATV poker runs, geocaching scavenger hunt, bonfire on the beach with fireworks, and a polar plunge!

http://www.lakelubbers.com/lake-george-218/

8 - Quebec Winter Carnival, Quebec City: Jan. 28-Feb. 13, 2011

<<< Quebec Lakes, Quebec, Canada

Ice Castle at Lac Saint-Jean near QuebecKnown as the "Mardis Gras in the Snow," Quebec's Winter Carnival is one of the largest carnivals in the world, transforming the city into a gigantic outdoor party. The "snowman" Bonhomme is the icon of the carnival, recognizable in his red cap, black buttons and Quebecois sash. Each year an ice palace is constructed for Bonhomme, with colored lights shining through the walls of ice. The 57th winter carnival will feature an international snow sculpture competition, the annual canoe race across the St. Lawrence River, an ice slide, dogsled races, night parades, plus outdoor dance parties and concerts. Winter fun continues at nearby lakes: Lac St.-Joseph, Lac Beauport, Lac St.-Charles, and Lac Delage.

http://www.lakelubbers.com/quebec-lakes-L65/

9 - McCall Winter Carnival, Payette Lake, Idaho: Jan. 28-Feb. 5, 2011

<<< Payette Lake, Idaho

Stunning Payette Lake is Idaho's four-season playground. Its shoreline was the setting for the movie "Northwest Passage," starring Spencer Tracy and Robert Young. The residents of the town of McCall, on Payette Lake's southern shore, take their winter sports seriously with groomed snowmobile trails, a year-round ice arena, ski resorts, and myriad festivals geared toward tourism - such as the famed McCall Winter Carnival. The 46th annual carnival will feature incredible snow sculpting competitions, a neon light parade, Mardis Gras parade, Monte Carlo casino night, monster dog pull races, sleigh rides, and fireworks over the lake.

http://www.lakelubbers.com/payette-lake-1432/

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