Good day from Ottawa – Skating on the Rideau Canal – Formally the World’s Largest Skating Rink

There is no denying it: Ottawa is known is one particular of the coldest capitals in the globe (only as far as temperatures are concerned however). But does that mean you keep at property throughout the winter season and mope? Certainly not! Ottawa has turned a potential liability into a essential asset and really shows us how to rejoice winter.

Initial there is Winterlude, Ottawa’s winter festival, which is getting held this year from February 3 to 19, 2006. Winterlude is evidently attended by extra than 650,000 winter season revellers and encompasses a myriad of activities: concert events, distinctive functions, culinary demonstrations, cafe festivals and the record goes on. Skating on the Rideau Skateway, at practically 8 km the world’s major icerink., was our key rationale for coming to Ottawa. In truth we experienced travelled to Ottawa about 3 years in the past and owing to heat weather conditions Winterlude was a complete washout for us that 12 months (I guess the proper time period for that occasion would be “Waterlude”).
But our earlier experience didn’t discourage us, so this 12 months Theresa and I made a decision to occur again and pray for much better climate so we would certainly be able to examine out this phenomenal skating and amusement location for ourselves.

By the way, the Rideau Canal Skateway has been acknowledged by the Guinness E-book of Entire world Documents as the world’s major by natural means frozen ice rink. The skateway is 7.8 kilometers lengthy and can take you from the Rideau Bridge all the way to Dow’s Lake.
We obtained likely early just all over 10 am on an absolutely best winter season day, but even at that time, the skateway was packed, and the walkthrough around the frozen ice from Confederation Park to the skateway entrance on the other facet of the river was chock comprehensive with people in a prolonged lineup.
We laced up our skates and place our boots in our backbacks which would give us the flexibility to get off the ice at any time and go on our explorations on foot. Or if we acquired too drained, we could even hop on the “Sno-Bus” which connects Dow’s Lake with Confederation Park through the full Winterlude Festival for the minimal payment of $2.50 (extra facts on the OC Transpo website) .

But, seemingly we did not need to have a Sno-Bus, we skated our way down on this wonderful organic ice floor all the way to the lake and did not even need to rest. On this stunning working day with crystal blue skies and perfect winter weather and surprisingly no winds, skating on the Rideau was a phenomenal practical experience. We could certainly not have picked a greater working day to examine the Rideau Canal on skates.
At diverse intervals together the way there were being a selection of relaxation places, foodstuff concessions and distinctive leisure or details parts. Effectively represented of class is a famed Ottawa trademark: the Beavertails concession booths which offer freshly created heat pastry, sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon. The ideal snack and strength supply on a cold winter’s day.

At the Through Rail Concord Station Rest Region an show lose mild on Ottawa’s railroad record. Evidently numerous a long time back, trains would arrive in downtown Ottawa suitable next to the Rideau Canal. At Fifth Avenue, younger athletics lovers have been having fun with the Canadian Tire JUMPStart Activity Centre wherever they had been leaping via the air on a trampoline system and placing their hockey abilities to the test.
At Pig Island a unique region with teepees was set up to get a flavor of Aboriginal traditions, culture and cuisine. In addition the place showcased a loggers’ show, a snowshoe-making workshop and aboriginal music and drumming.

At the time arrived at Dow’s Lake I went on to check out the 26th Yearly Bed Race, a fundraising occasion which proved to be an absolutely hilarious expertise, for a good induce no much less. The Bed Race is arranged by the Ottawa Kiwanis Club and the proceeds, close to $50,000 will go in the direction of the Kid’s Read-A-Thon.
But I had extra to deal with, so I started skating again towards the downtown and by this time the skateway experienced crammed up very a bit. It appeared like young and outdated, the complete spouse and children was out. Mom and dad have been pulling their youngsters on minor sleds, or even pushing them in all-terrain infant carriages. Most people was obtaining a ton of pleasurable.

On the way back 1 person struck my consideration: a youthful woman on red skates with pink gloves and a pink scarf was skating down the canal, juggling, evidently just owning a ball of a time. I approached her to find out a little bit about her. She launched herself as Sylvie, and shared with me that she is portion of a juggling relatives and that juggling is in her blood. She reported that juggling is her lifestyle, and despite the fact that she would not push the fanciest motor vehicle, she is delighted simply because she will get to do what she loves.
Immediately after all this skating I bought really hungry, so I took off my skates and simply just headed up to the Rideau Centre, one particular of Ottawa’s major searching centres. It is positioned ideal upcoming to the Canal and was positively packed on this day. The Rideau Centre presented a welcome option to warm up and catch a great lunch in its food courtroom.

Of course I love out of doors pursuits as nicely as city discovering, and skating on the Rideau Canal as a result of downtown Ottawa combines both of those actions completely. I received a brief style of this particular winter activity, and one matter is for certain: I will be back again!!!