Winterlude has been a tradition ever since I was a kid. Each winter I looked forward to skating on the canal, checking out the ice sculptures and eating a beavertail. Keeping the tradition alive we went this weekend on Friday night to Winterlude.
Winterlude is located on the Rideau Canal Skateway, the world’s largest skating rink. You can skate through the heart of downtown Ottawa on the Rideau Canal and it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can skate up to 7.8 kilometres one way, it begins just steps from Canada’s Parliament Buildings. The scenic skating rink extends to Dows Lake and in between there are places to warm up, toasty fires, hot chocolate and beavertails.
Last year we went to Winterlude during the day so this year we decided to go at night. Every year we switch it up, or sometimes we will go twice, once during the day and once at night. My favourite part about going at night is the ice sculptures because they are lit up with different colours that really catches your eye. Ice Sculpting is truely an art.
If you go at the beginning of Winterlude, you can catch the artists in action, carving the ice.
I really believe that every night should be date night but once in awhile it’s nice to step away from our normal date nights to do something different. It is fun to create, start, or continue traditions. Whether with your partner, your family or your friends, enjoy those memories.
It was -25 when we went so we didn’t fool around with the camera too much. You can check out the work of many different talented photographers who come to the canal to capture the beauty of people enjoying winter: just click here.
Winterlude will continue to be a tradition of ours as it will for many others.