IMG_0360 2Ottawa for a Weekend in the Winter

January 2023 – 2 days

Ottawa is the capital of Canada and is situated in eastern Ontario along the Ottawa River. It is home to Parliament Hill and contains many historic sites, landmarks and national museums. This vibrant city also offers year-round opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, including skating on the Rideau Canal in the winter and hiking one of many trails in or around the city.

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IMG_0360 2Winterlude 2018

February 2018 – 3 days 

Every winter Ottawa hosts its annual 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, it is the largest skating rink in 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.

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IMG_7858Winterlude 2016

February 2016 – 3 days 

As the capital of Canada, Ottawa hosts a number of large festivals and events throughout the year. The most famous of which is its annual Winterlude Festival. Over the course of three weeks (usually in February) the city is enchanted with all things snow and ice to celebrate winter. Its main attraction is its Rideau Canal Skateway. When completely frozen it spans 7.8km in length and forms the largest skating rink in the world.

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