Charlottetown will celebrate Islander Day with Winterfun Weekend

Darlene Shea
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CHARLOTTETOWN – The City of Charlottetown will once again host Winterfun Weekend to celebrate Islander Day in the Capital City.

The three-day Charlottetown Winterfun Weekend will begin on Saturday, Feb. 15, and conclude on Islander Day – Monday, Feb. 17. A variety of free family activities will be offered including: pancake breakfast, puppet plays, fire and police programs, bowling, family swims, seniors ceilidh and family skates – and much more.

“We are so pleased to once again offer a variety of free family activities for all to enjoy during Islander Day weekend,” said Mayor Clifford Lee. “We had such a positive response from last year’s activities that we once again wanted to offer something fun for Island families.”

The full schedule of events is included on the City’s website under the Winter Activities button on the homepage.

“The schedule is packed full with over 13 venues and 25 activities taking place over Islander Day weekend,” said Deputy Mayor Stu MacFadyen, chair of the City’s Economic Development and Culture committee. “There truly is something for everyone and we are looking forward to a fantastic weekend.”

All scheduled activities are free for the public to attend, while some activities offer advance ticket pick up options. For more information visit or call the City's tourism department at 629-4138.


Schedule for Winterfun Weekend in Charlottetown:

Saturday, Feb. 15

8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Pancake breakfast and official opening of Charlottetown Winterfun Weekend at Sherwood Recreation Hall - Maple Ave.

Join Mayor Clifford Lee and Charlottetown City Council to kick off Winterfun Weekend with a free pancake breakfast sponsored by the Parkdale Sherwood Lions Club. Enjoy pancakes, sausages, milk, tea/coffee.

10 a.m.–12 noon – Winter River Trail Walk Snowshoe

Take a walk on the Winter River trails and learn more about where the city gets all its water. This is a family friendly event and the route will be chosen based on younger participants. Snacks will be provided. Please bring snowshoes. For more information on the trail visit or call Ramona at 629-4011 for event information.

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Panther Academy - Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre

Come play the Panther Way. Highlighting offerings from the upcoming March Break Camp – from Cake Boss to Dazzling Designs to Fun and Fitness. Limited space available. Call 566-0368 for more information.

10:30 a.m. Puppet Play - Confederation Centre Public Library

Recommended for ages two to six. Tickets available at the Library in advance. For more information contact Roseanne Gauthier at 368-4644.

11 a.m. Story Theatre with Josh - Confederation Centre Public Library

For all ages. For more information contact Roseanne Gauthier at 368-4644.

11:45 a.m. Puppet Play - Confederation Centre Public Library


1–3 p.m. - Become Kid Smart on Fire and Police Programs at Charlottetown Fire Station (Kent St.). View the station, meet your local firefighters and police, tour the fire trucks and police cars, obtain information to protect your home from fire and visit a drug awareness booth. Afterwards, receive a Sparky Badge to thank you for being a Safety Smart Kid.

1–2 p.m. - Presentation “The Messy Bedroom in Adventures in LaLa Land”

At the Guild, one hour of live theatre featuring music, comedy, and audience participation. The show follows six-year-old Max, who has lost his first tooth and can’t wait for his first visit from the Tooth Fairy. The only problem is the Tooth Fairy wants to retire and move to Florida. She decides to hold auditions to find a new Tooth Fairy. Can LaLa Land hire a new Tooth Fairy before young Max wakes up?

1–2 p.m. - Warm Up Chili samples at the Urban Eatery

Located inside the Confederation Court Mall, colouring contest (prizes awards based on age categories). Enjoy young musicians performing in Ripped Paper Cover Band.

1–3:45 p.m. Family Glow-in-the-Dark Bowling – Murphy’s Community Centre.

Two shifts – the first one is from 1 to 2:15 p.m. and the second shift from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. Book your lane/team in advance by calling 892-1719 and press 1. Mention you are booking as part of the Winterfun Weekend to get the free bowling.

2–4 p.m. – Open Family Swim - CARI Complex

Both competition and leisure pools. Advance tickets available for pick up at the CARI Complex (strongly encouraged), limit of six tickets per family. Children under seven years must be accompanied by an adult in the pool. Children over seven must have an adult present.

2–4 p.m. Panther Academy – Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre

2–4 p.m. Hillsborough Park Community Centre

Outdoor rink and indoor children activities.

2:30 p.m. Read – Read Along at Confederation Centre Public Library.

Recommended for ages two to 10. Contact Roseanne Gauthier at 368-4644.

3–4 p.m. – Presentation “The Messy Bedroom in Adventures in LaLa Land” at the Guild

7 p.m. – CARI Complex - UPEI Men’s Hockey Game

UPEI vs. St. F.X. at CARI Complex. Children under 12 admitted free.

9:30 p.m. – Annual adult dance with Phase Two at Murphy’s Community Centre.

For ages 19 and over.


Sunday, Feb. 16

1–3 p.m. – Open Family Swim - CARI Complex

1-3:45 p.m. Family Glow-in-the-Dark Bowling – Murphy Community Centre

1:30 p.m. – Seniors Ceilidh – Seniors Active Living Centre – located at CARI Complex.

Doors open at 1 p.m. Performers include: Angela Curran, Matthew Reid, John Gallant, Hubert and May MacIssac with Fenton MacSwain and Win Bridges, Barb Perry with Judy Lowe, Elliott Wight and Norman LeClair. Seating for 80 available. For more information, contact Debbie at 628-8388.

2–3 p.m. – Free Family Skate – Simmons Arena

3 p.m.–4 p.m. – Free Family Skate Cody Banks Arena

Monday, Feb. 17

8 a.m.–8 p.m. – Walking Track – Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre.

The public will be given complimentary access to the walking track.

12 noon–1 p.m. – Free Family Skate with the Charlottetown Islanders at Cody Banks Arena.

1–3 p.m. – Open Family Swim CARI Complex

1-3 p.m. “Play with the Panthers” Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre.

Shoot hoops with the UPEI Men’s and Women’s Varsity basketball teams. Also Panther’s volleyball team will do a demo and play with those who drop in. For ages 14 and under. For more information contact 566-0368.

2–4 p.m. Children’s Movie Showing – West Royalty Community Centre

Popcorn and Refreshments will be provided. Details on movie to be announced on city website on Feb. 1. Contact 629-4138.

All venues have free admission unless otherwise stated.

For more information on Charlottetown Winterfun Weekend contact City Hall Tourism at 629-4117 or 629-4138 or visit



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