Groundhog Day Winter Fest a perfect day for wintertime family fun

On February 2nd, the Crossing Bridge Residents Association brought Groundhog Day celebrations to Stittsville. They even had their own Stittsville Thomas on site to predict the anticipation of Spring’s arrival. The prediction made? An early Spring. Thomas has been predicting the arrival of Spring for nine years and, we’ve been told, has never been wrong! Young Thomas Sultan was also celebrating his own special day – his 10th Birthday – can you think of a better way to spend a birthday!

It was a fun-filled day of skating, tobogganing, hot chocolate and live entertainment. Stittsville’s own, Katelyn Forsyth, of U-Rock Music School and recent winner of a six-month entertainment contract at Wildpine Residence, entertained the crowd with her captivating voice.

Here are some photos from the day to enjoy —

The two rinks at Crossing Bridge Park provided ample skating surfaces for everyone to participate in the activities. Those playing a bit of pick-up hockey on the big rink and those learning to skate or out for the first time shared the smaller side rink. Most skaters eventually moved over to the larger rink that is groomed by Rob Hambly and other community residents. For those preferring not to skate – a great time was also had on the toboggan hill.

Skates dull? No problem. Stittsville resident, Tim Maxwell designer and owner of Blade Barber (, was on-site with his Stittsville manufactured hand-held skate sharpener bringing a special ‘edge’ to the skater’s day.

Stittsville Central is certainly looking forward to the next Winter Fest at Crossing Bridge and hearing what prediction Thomas will bring us next year.


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