Visited Ottawa, the capitol of Canada, on the last weekend of Winterlude, an annual celebration of Winter, held the first three weekends of February. It was a cool -11 Celsius (12 Farenheit) on the evening of my visit. There was a breeze so if felt much colder.
There were large and small ice sculptures at the Crystal Garden in Confederation Park. Some of the more intricate ice sculptures had been damaged in the warm weather of the previous week. The larger ones were mostly intact like this one featuring Big Horn Sheep found in the Canadian Rockies.
Next to the Crystal Garden is the home to the largest naturally frozen skating rink in the world. The Rideau Canal Skateway is 7.8 kilometers (4.8 miles) long and stretches from Ottawa’s downtown to Dows Lake. Access to the canal is free. If you do not have skates you can rent them.
No only can you skate on the canal, you can stop at one of the food vendors found right on the ice.
I was thrilled to find a Beavertails Pastry food cart on the canal. Beavertails were sold at Epcot in the Canada pavilion but disappeared a few years ago. I enjoyed a hot cinnamon covered beavertail. What’s a beavertail? Click here to find out: Everything You’d Ever Want to Know About Beavertails.