We took a break for a few days and visited the city of Ottawa which is about six hours north east of our home by car. Ottawa is the second coldest national capital in the world next to Moscow, Russia but it experienced a thaw last week with rain and temperatures well above freezing. Our daughters had been anticipating the annual Winterlude festival for weeks and were most disappointed with the big melt. But February thaws do not last forever, and the long weekend was marked with clear skies, sunshine and very cold temperatures. Never go to Winterlude without your long underwear!
We spent hours outdoors from morning until night taking in the Crystal Garden at Confederation Park in Ottawa and the impressive snow sculptures across the Ottawa River in Gatineau, Quebec. In the evenings a light and sound show was followed by an outdoor concert. We watched Jim Cuddy and Roch Voisin on separate nights as they performed live in sub zero temperatures to enthusiastic crowds.
And of course, the biggest attraction was the world's largest skating rink on the Rideau Canal which features 7.8 km (4.8 miles) of ice surface. My eldest daughter skated 10 km in a round trip while I walked carefully on the ice in my winter boots. Kiosks along the route offered food, drink, souvenirs and shelters while police on ATVs and many volunteers patrolled the crowds.
This slide show features more snow and ice than many people in the world will see in a lifetime. The people I saw were having just as much fun as those who travel to warm destinations in the winter. Cold winters are inevitable in Canada and we can complain or we can get out and make the best of it. My taxes were used to pay for this admission free carnival so why not take advantage and join the party?!
Are you planning to buy a pair of <a href="http://www.fashionuggboots.co.uk/ugg-bailey-button-5803"> ugg bailey button boots</a>? As you know that <a href="http://www.shopinguggboot.com/"> Ugg boots</a> are renowned for their quality and comfort, but these <a href="http://www.fashionuggboots.co.uk"> Ugg boots on sale </a> is a blend of style, glamor, quality and comfort forever. Without thinking much you can use these <a href="http://www.shopinguggboot.com/"> ugg boots</a> in the freezing, as they protect your feet dry and warm. Ugg Bailey will make your feet feel comfortable and do not get cold. Excellent news for you now, We"ve got fantastic shoe clearance sales on <a href="http://www.fashionuggboots.co.uk"> ugg boots for sale</a> , especially uggs clearance sale shoes, shop the shoe clearance sales before they’re over! One of ugg mini styles, the <a href="http://www.shopinguggboot.com/"> uggs classic</a> small sale a calf height boot features genuine twin-face sheepskin and our signature woven mark. All boots in our Classic Collection feature a soft foam insole covered with genuine sheepskin and have a molded EVA light and flexible outsole designed for incredible comfort with every step. The ugg sale is a key item in any woman’s wardrobe. It can be worn with jeans, skirts, and leggings, to name but a few! Slip into the Classic Small boot and feel UGG Australia luxury. The ugg bailey button boots on sale will keep your feet cosy and warm in cold temperatures and at a comfortable level when the sun is bright – That is why <a href="http://www.shopinguggboot.com/ugg-boots-classic-cardy-5819"> Cardy Ugg Boots</a> can be worn in warmer weather and your feet wont get all hot and sweaty! Now you can wear your new season Ugg Cardy in every season.