Skating on the Rideau Canal

PANO_20160131_131841On our way home from Mont-Tremblant, Neil, Benissa and I stopped in Ottawa and went skating on the Rideau Canal! One fun fact is that the Rideau Canal is the world’s largest skating rink and is 7.8km long! It was a beautiful one degree outside but thankfully the canal was still open! First we went to one end of the skateway called Dow’s Lake because Neil thought there would be Winterlude festivities happening there. We found out that the Dow’s lake section was cut off from the rest of the skateway, however the lake is huge and wasn’t very busy and so we enjoyed skating that section. At one side of the lake there was a giant inflated beaver and a beaver mascot where we couldn’t help but to play tourist and take a picture! Since it was the first day of Winterlude there was nothing else happening there, so we went back to the car and drove closer to the downtown so we could skate the other, longer section of the canal. This part of the canal is awesome because you get to skate under bridges towards the downtown, where eventually you get a glimpse of the parliament buildings! The canal was alive with people and there were food stalls right on the ice! When we turned around and were on our way back to the car, we ran into Sally-Jane and John-Paul. It was funny how we met them because Neil was taking a picture and then John-Paul skated into the scene! It was such a memorable day and I’m glad I can finally say I have skated on the Rideau Canal!

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