Ottawa is more than just a Capital city full of government offices and federal buildings. The town boasts beautiful architecture as well as breathtaking waterfront scenery. When the winter season hits that means you have to put away the bicycle and boating is out of the question, but the fun has only just begun! Vince Emerson Media has compiled what we believe to be 5 awesome ways to spend the snowy season.
1. Ice Skating on the Rideau Canal
Enjoy 7.8 km of publicly accessible ice skating! In the summer the Rideau canal is a popular place for boaters as well as joggers, cyclists and people enjoying a leisurely stroll along it's pathways. In the winter time it becomes an ice skating paradise complete with food shacks and facilities. Skate from the downtown core right out to the outskirts of the city!
Winterlude is a winter festival you shouldn't miss if you want to truly enjoy the wonder that the season can bring! Amazing ice sculptures light up the evenings like the one pictured above. Enjoy a wide range of activities, contests, food and musical entertainment to boot! The festival is fun everyone!
Winterlude begins in February this year and lasts for 3 weeks.
Vegans and vegetarians don't squeam yet because it's not what it sounds like! A beaver-tail is a pastry dessert which has become a Canadian tradition. There are many locations of this dessert maker across the city and most are open all year long, however, the temporary ones set up on the frozen Rideau canal really infuse those winter memories! Enjoy with a nice cup of hot cocoa after skating!
If you own a camera just go explore! The city looks great with snow on it as you can see above!
5. Cross-Country Skiing
Gatineau and Greenbelt Park offer cross country skiing every year. If you enjoy a good work out and are passionate about winter-sports this maybe up your slope! Although technically not in Ottawa, Gatineau, is the sister city across the river on the Quebec side. Although Gatineau is not as big as Ottawa being close to the city has it's advantages as well as boasting it's own beautiful National Park!
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