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Five things to do this weekend in Ottawa, Feb. 17 – 20

It's a long weekend and the last of Winterlude.

This was Canadian sculptor Ryan Hill’s entry for the individual ice carving section of the Winterlude Crystal Garden competition this year.

Adam Kveton / For Metro

This was Canadian sculptor Ryan Hill’s entry for the individual ice carving section of the Winterlude Crystal Garden competition this year.

It’s the last weekend to enjoy Winterlude. Slide the ice slides in Jacques-Cartier Park, listen to 7:30 p.m. concerts in Confederation Park and join in on shinny hockey on the canal. 

Looking for signs of spring? We’re not quite there yet, but Fulton’s pancake house is opening for the season this weekend. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on every Saturday, Sunday and Monday from now until April there will be pancakes, syrup, outdoor activities and sleigh rides.

For the first time in North America, ice dragon boat racing makes its debut. Head to Dow’s Lake on Friday, for practices, and on Saturday, for races across the ice in purpose-built dragon boats with skates. Opening ceremony is 10:30 a.m. on Saturday; races start at 11.

Friday to Sunday, taste more than 100 microbrewery beers from across Ontario and Quebec in the Horticulture building at Lansdowne Park. There will be gourmet food, snow taffy, dancing and a bonfire. Tickets are $25 and going fast.

Ottawa’s celebration of Canadian comedy finishes up on Saturday at TD Place with a show from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. CBC's host of Still Standing, Jonny Harris, will emcee the event. Jeremy Hotz headlines. Tickets start at $50.

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