Winterlude 2016

Winterlude has been a tradition of ours for many years and we were excited to introduce our daughter, Lux (who is 10 months old), to our tradition as a family.  She can’t skate yet but that didn’t mean she couldn’t enjoy the world’s largest skating rink!  We put on our skates, put her in her Thule Urban Glide Stroller and away we went.

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It was a bit chilly due to the wind so we kept checking to make sure our little one was okay and even though it may look like she could barely see, she could, and there was even a smile under there!

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At first I thought it would be harder (than before) to take a baby to the Rideau Canal for Winterlude but it was actually easier.  Our Thule Stroller was perfect for storing our boots and skates in while we switched them on and off to go see the Ice Sculptures.  We have seen the ice sculptures at night and during the day before but we have never seen the process of them being carved.  This was a first for us and it was a really unique experience.

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If you haven’t had the chance to check out the Rideau Canal and Winterlude I would highly recommend it.  Here are some fun facts about the two:

  • It is the largest naturally frozen skating rink in the world
  • The skating rink is 7.8 KM long (4.8 miles)
  • Access to the skate way is free
  • It is the size of 90 Olympic size hockey rinks
  • Some locals use it to skate to work or school in the winter
  • Close to 600,000 people take part in Winterlude activities
  • Confederation Park is filled with ice carvings from artists around the world
  • Winterlude has the world’s biggest snow playground – Snow Kingdom
  • Winterlude has been celebrated in Ottawa and Gatineau for Three Decades
  • You can purchase and eat a BeaverTail while skating on the canal

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