Ottawa, ON, Jan 06, 2011 — Thanks to a New Years Eve thaw, Ottawa's famed Rideau Canal Skateway is not quite open yet.
Officials won't kick off the 41st season of the world's largest outdoor rink until they measure nearly a foot of good quality ice. That's what it takes to safely support the hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors who flock to enjoy miles of winter fun.
Ottawa correspondent Lucy Martin wanted to get ready ahead of the rush. She dropped by a small riverside store that does it all: gas for cars and boats, video rentals, and waterfront restaurant...and skate sharpening.
Dan and Sonja Dunbar own Kelly's Landing, just south of Manotick. On a flurry-filled afternoon, Danny Dunbar set his snow shovel aside to move indoors, behind the grinder for today's Heard Up North.