A group of families in Burlington took an unconventional approach to celebrating the efforts of Canada’s elite athletes in Sochi.

They opted to stage a Winter Olympics of their own.

More than a dozen parents and their children took to the ice on Lake Ontario on Saturday to hold a makeshift winter sports tournament. The games included the two-man bobsleigh (involving plastic children's sleds), curling with homemade rocks and a miniature speed skating circuit.

The afternoon featured other Olympics-themed touches. Pint-sized athletes competed under the banners of five different countries and participated in a torch-lighting ceremony.

The idea for the event came from the mind of seven-year-old Kira Taylor.

“My dad has always loved the Olympics,"  she told CBC TV reporter Charlsie Agro. "So this year, I decided that I want to have an Olympic party." 

Mike Taylor, Kira’s father, said he liked the concept because it represented a fun, active way to celebrate Canada’s real Winter Olympians.

“We decided that this is maybe best way we could cheer them on. In a small little way here in Burlington, we can do our part.” 

To see a CBC TV report about the afternoon, click on the video at the top of the screen.