Sunday, February 14, 2010

Winterlude 2010

Winterlude 2010

Today we decided to take advantage of the sun and warm weather to strap on the blades and skate the Rideau. We started late in the afternoon from Dow's Lake and skated the entire length (7.8 km) to Confederation Park.

7 km marker Ile Pig

Conditions were perfect so it was no surprise that today was likely the busiest day on the canal that I've seen in a long time. The Beaver Tail line-ups were enormous and even the skates between the touristy spots were thick with skaters of all shapes and sizes and ages. That said, I was surprised to see that the ice was holding up quite well.

Bacon Bunner Free IGOR samples

Once we reached Confederation Park we packed up the skates and waded through the crowds to see the ice sculptures and other Winterlude activities. I think we had just missed the throat singers when we arrived but having seen this freak show once before on Canada Day I was counting myself lucky on that one.

Witches' Brew Mermaid in ice
Butterflies in ice Recycled snake

By day's end we decided to take the shuttle bus back to Dow's Lake in order to make it home in time to cook up some supper.

Sundown on the canal at Dow's Lake
Sundown on Dow's Lake

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