Thursday, February 21, 2019

Ottawa, Canada, Winter Pleasures

Ottawa is one of the very few cities in the world where you can ice skate to work on the celebrated over 7km (4,5 miles) long Rideau Canal in downtown. Food and beverage vendors are located on the ice at the rest areas. Think coffee and other hot beverages, fast food, the famous BeaverTails® pastries, maple taffies…

Ice Rink at City Hall and Governor General Park
There’s also free skating (with the bonus of refrigerated ice) at City Hall’s Sens Rink of Dreams, Lansdowne Skating Court and—since the 1870s—at Rideau Hall, home to the Governor General of Canada.

Winter Carnival for Newcomers
From Saturday, February 23, 2019, 1:00 pm to Sunday, February 24, 2019, 4:00 pm: Celebrate your first winter in Canada’s Capital Region! The NCC is organizing a winter carnival for newcomers to the Capital to discover the joys of winter. Free admission and bus transportation.

If You Want to Splurge…
Take a tour with Tours ExpĂ©dition Ottawa. Make fresh tracks to Gatineau Park, located north of the city. Tours ExpĂ©dition Ottawa offers excursions to Renaud Shelter, situated deep in the snowy woods. The outing includes a lunch—complete with linens—to enjoy by the lodge’s wood stove, as well as gear, a guide, and photos of your journey.
Gatineau Park is one of the largest cross-country ski networks in North America.



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