Category Archives: Winter Carnival

Champlain Park Annual Winter Carnival

Winter Carnival Thanks

Thank you to Volunteers at Winter Carnival 2019

Many thanks to a huge team of neighbours who volunteered to put on a very successful party at Champlain Park Saturday afternoon, January 26, 2019. To quote Pontiac resident, Dan Wilcock: “For those who were not able to make it this afternoon, I can assure you that it was an incredible event, extremely well attended, and really highlighted the joys of being part of this community.”

We welcomed visits from our elected representatives in all three levels of government: Mayor Jim Watson, City Councillor Jeff Leiper, MP Catherine McKenna, and MPP Joel Harden.

Congratulations and special thanks from the Champlain Park Community to the following enthusiastic volunteers who made it a memorable fun event:

  • Erin Topping and Kelly Archer were the awesome organizers of Winter Carnival 2019.
  • Jim Kot had the rink in great shape. Dave Bolger set up and supervised outdoor activity.
  • Jason Keats, creator of balloon animals, kept the children amused.
  • Linda Landreville and Katie Bolger served food and drinks.
  • Jennie Hornosty and Louise Atkins organized ticket sales.
  • Champlain Park Community Association sponsored the free sleigh ride.
  • West Wellington Business Improvement Area sponsored free entertainment and prizes.
  • Bridgehead supplied free coffee and hot chocolate.
  • Chris and Sharon Kelly gave horse-drawn sleigh rides all afternoon.
  • Derek McKinley (Sing Song Partytime) provided musical entertainment for families.
  • Neighbours donated chilis and baked goods for the lunch counter.

Photos by John Arnason:

Great turnout of skaters on Champlain Park rink, and skiers on SJAM trail!


Continue reading

Winter Carnival Tomorrow – Saturday January 26 – Reminder

Champlain Park Winter Carnival – January 26

Free admission, sleigh rides, entertainment, hot drinks!

When? Saturday, January 26, 2019, Noon to 3 p.m.
Where? Champlain Park field house, park, rink.

[Horse Drawn Sleigh from 2016 Carnival]

Carnival Highlights:

  • Free Sleigh Rides: 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
  • Free Entertainment: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (Sing Song Party Time with Children’s Entertainer, Derek McKinley)
  • Free Balloon animals with creator Jason Keats!
  • Free Coffee and Hot Chocolate until quantities run out! (Bridgehead – sponsor)
  • Chili Cook–off Contest with great prizes!
  • Lunch counter: Hot dogs, chili, baked goods for sale.

Details at https://champlainpark.org/2019/01/16/winter-carnival-january-26/

Rink Update

Following up on the previous call to shovels, https://champlainpark.org/2019/01/23/snow-shovelling-critical-time-for-the-rink/ here’s a message from Jim Kot (sorry for the delay, was busy shovelling the driveway and roof before things freeze up).

——– Forwarded Message ——–
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2019 11:14:10 -0500 (EST)
From: kris.tom <kris.tom@sympatico.ca>

Please pass on a big thank you to all who helped shovel, mother nature has kindly watered so the ice should be ready for the winter carnival.

Snow Shovelling Critical Time for the Rink!

Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2019 16:23:04 -0500 (EST)
From: kris.tom <kris.tom@sympatico.ca>

Hi Champlain Park

Urgent request to shovel the the snow that has fallen between 4:00 and 6:00 pm in preparation for the rain.

If shovellers could arrive at about 6:30 pm for about half an hour we should be in good shape to save the rink for the carnival.

Thank you.

Please past this message on

Jim Kot

Winter Carnival – January 26

Champlain Park Winter Carnival – January 26

Free admission, sleigh rides, entertainment, hot drinks!

When? Saturday, January 26, 2019, Noon to 3 p.m.
Where? Champlain Park field house, park, rink.

[Horse Drawn Sleigh from 2016 Carnival]

Volunteer Organizers Would be VERY GRATEFUL if Neighbours Contact them to Help with these Jobs:

Field house: Set up / Clean up, Ticket sales, contribute a slow cooker and be in the chili contest, provide baked goods, help in the kitchen and lunch counter.

Contact Event Organizer, Erin Topping, to help at erintopping@hotmail.com.

[2016 Winter Carnival Chili]

Outdoor rink and park: Organize outdoor games and fun on rink, assist seniors and children with boarding sleigh, help rink supervisor with shovelling.

Contact Rink Supervisor, Jim Kot, to help at kris.tom@sympatico.ca

[2016 Winter Carnival Hockey]

Carnival Highlights:

  • Free Sleigh Rides: 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
  • Free Entertainment: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (Sing Song Party Time with Children’s Entertainer, Derek McKinley)
  • Free Balloon animals with creator Jason Keats!
  • Free Coffee and Hot Chocolate until quantities run out! (Bridgehead – sponsor)
  • Chili Cook–off Contest with great prizes!
  • Lunch counter: Hot dogs, chili, baked goods for sale.

Spread the word! Bring friends and family to Champlain Park !

Snow, rain or shine this event will take place on the last Saturday in January.

Chili Makers and Volunteers for the Winter Carnival

The carnival is coming soon, Saturday January 26th to be precise, noon to 3pm at the Field House. More details about that later, but first, we need chili and baked goods!
[2016 Winter Carnival Chili]
Continue reading

Winter Carnival Thanks

The carnival organizers would like to thank:

  • Jason Keats for his delightful balloon animals.
  • Jim Kot for preparing and supervising the rink.
  • Linda Landreville and Kathy Kot for working the coffee and ticket tables.
  • Dennis Van Staalduinen for donating gift cards for the chili cook off.
  • All the Champlain Park residents that contributed baked goods and chili.

We’d also like to thank Carol Arnason (Social event coordinator) and the community Winter Carnival event organizers Natalie Raffoul and Sarah Kotyck for putting the whole thing together.

By the way, the horse drawn sleigh did get past the fence for the very first time. Here’s a good photo Dennis tweeted: