We initially planned to spend the Victoria Day long weekend at Acadia National Park in Maine, which has become a bit of a spring tradition for us. But because of the pandemic, our plane tickets and campsite reservation were cancelled a couple of months ago. Instead we planned to spend our long weekend hiking close to home in Ontario.
Every winter Ottawa hosts Winterlude - a three-week festival to celebrate winter. The city is transformed into a winter wonderland with ice and snow sculptures scattered around the downtown core. But its main draw is the Rideau Canal Skateway. At 7.8 kilometres long, when completely frozen, it forms the largest skating rink the world. We visited Ottawa during Winterlude two years ago. But due to an extreme cold warning (we're talking -42°C with the windchill) we were unable to spend much time outdoors let alone skate on the canal. So this year we were ready for a second chance.