Monday, February 20, 2012

A world record

Something we are quite proud of in my little town, when the weather cooperates, is being the possessors of the the world’s largest skating rink. It goes right through the heart of the city on the Rideau Canal, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's 7.8 kilometres long (4.8 miles), and begins just steps from Canada’s Parliament Buildings. Along the route, there are, warm up at rest areas, where there are toasty fires, hot drinks and snacks.

40th seaon of skating on the Rideau Canal Skateway | 40e saison de patinage sur le canal Rideau 
This is near the start of the canal and it is always very busy and crowded with skaters. The further you go, the more space you have to spread out. 

40th seaon of skating on the Rideau Canal Skateway | 40e saison de patinage sur le canal Rideau 

 This is one of the rest stations with with the trees and snacks and there is usually a fire with benches as well. A similar location plays a role in my next post. 

40th season of skating on the Rideau Canal Skateway | 40e saison de patinage sur le canal Rideau 

 It's lovely when it's that smooth and empty. However this skating rink is at Mother Nature's mercy, you have to beware of large cracks, lumps, bumps and holes which can send you sprawling if you're not paying attention, but it's still amazing to skate outdoors like that. I've never skated the whole route though. Maybe someday. 

 40th seaon of skating on the Rideau Canal Skateway | 40e saison de patinage sur le canal Rideau 

 I just love this little bridge. So up next, Omar and Lucas are going to stop by for a visit and share their Valentine's Day outing at Winterlude.

2 comments:

Eden Winters said...

That looks awesome! Sadly, I'm too uncoordinated to skate.

Tam said...

If you ever move to Canada Eden, I think it's mandatory you learn. :-) It is lovely when the ice is smooth, a bit terrifying when it's rough, even excellent skaters have to be careful.