WEAthEr hAm­pErs GAtinEAu FEs­ti­vAl

Ottawa Citizen - - CITY -

Or­ga­niz­ers of Mosaïver­nales are try­ing to put their open­ing two week­ends in per­spec­tive and cross­ing their fin­gers that Mother Na­ture will be kin­der the next three weeks. The dis­play of more than two dozen il­lu­mi­nated snow sculp­tures in Gatineau’s Jacques-Cartier Park — es­sen­tially the win­ter­time ver­sion of the MosaïCanada150 dis­play, which drew 1.3 mil­lion vis­i­tors last year — ex­pe­ri­enced high tem­per­a­tures when it opened on the last week­end in Jan­uary, melt­ing parts of the sculp­tures and forc­ing the at­trac­tion to close for four days be­fore re­open­ing to a wind chill that neared -30 C. Only about 5,000 peo­ple at­tended Mosaïver­nales over those two week­ends, putting at risk or­ga­niz­ers’ hopes of at­tract­ing 200,000 vis­i­tors by the time it closes on March 4. “We just have to put those two week­ends be­hind us,” spokes­woman Geneviève Mé­nard said, adding that this past week­end saw bet­ter weather and larger crowds.

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