Winterlude Part 2

Well, we had quite the weekend.  Eleanor and Jim, our friends from Oshawa came to visit us here and we took in several of the Winterlude events.

On Friday, Eleanor and Jim came over in the evening for cake and tea and we caught up on all the Oshawa news.  It was so good to see her again!

On Saturday morning we had to help out with our grandson’s hockey and we stayed to watch the game.  The little guys were so cute and they impressed us with their skating ability.  They tied the game 1 – 1, and  Owen had a couple of good shots on goal, but the goalie managed to stop them.  They all seemed to have a lot of fun. 

We met with Eleanor and Jim for supper at Swiss Chalet and enjoyed every bite.  After that, we drove to the Rideau Canal, the World’s Largest Skating Rink.  We parked the car at our daughter, Michelle’s house and she accompanied us on the block and a half walk to the canal.  It was c-o-l-d!!! 

We went down the temporary steps erected especially for skaters to use to get onto the ice and walked across the canal to where huts were set up for skaters.  The canal was fairly dark, but skaters were wearing little blue lights around their necks so they could be seen.  It was so, so nice.  We spotted a hut selling Beaver Tails, (deep-fried dough, smothered with cinnamon and sugar) but decided to wait until the next day to partake.

Night-time Skating on the Rideau Canal.

We saw people selling candies, maple sugar, and hot chocolate.  There are beautiful warming huts set up for skaters to change into or out of their skates, or just to sit for a few minutes to catch their breath.

A Warming Hut on the Rideau Canal.

There was a stage set up where people were performing music and even a few fire pits to warm up those freezing fingers.  We made our way back to Michelle’s and they invited us all in for hot chocolate and sugar cookies, made by Michelle and decorated by Amelia and Enid, her two girls.  We stayed talking for a couple of hours and drove them back to their motel.

On Sunday we helped with Brynn’s Ringette game and then met Eleanor and Jim for a bus ride into the city.  We went on the canal, saw the ice sculptures and bought a Beaver Tail. 

This was one of the beautiful Ice Sculptures at Winterlude.


One of the many huts selling Beaver Tails.

Afterwards the guys went home and Eleanor and I went to the National Gallery to look at the art.  Unfortunately there were very few Group of Seven paintings there as the gallery has lent many of them to an exhibition in England. 

Winterlude was fabulous for us and we still have lots to do next year!  Maybe it won’t be so cold!!!

Come and visit Ottawa some time. – Maureen