One of the first signs that Ottawa's Winterlude is close by is the opening of the Rideau Canal Skateway.
|Rideau Canal Skateway and Mackenzie King Bridge|
This past Sunday I slapped on my skates and headed out from near the Mackenzie King Bridge. The Canal was bustling with people. So much so that there was no room on nearby benches or in the chalets to change your skates. Thus, I improvised by using my back pack to sit on the ice and do the skate changing.
|Rideau Canal Skateway looking toward Laurier Street Bridge|
|Rideau Canal Skateway near the University of Ottawa (left)|
Winterlude though, I'm even more excited for. My wife has never really taken part in seeing the Ice Sculptures, the Snowflake Kingdom and much more (including looking for Ice Hogs!).