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Colin Goodfellow (right) serves up hot cocoa to NCPR's Barb Heller and Lucy Martin along the Rideau Canal on Saturday. Photo: Todd Moe
Colin Goodfellow (right) serves up hot cocoa to NCPR's Barb Heller and Lucy Martin along the Rideau Canal on Saturday. Photo: Todd Moe

A Winterlude interlude along Ottawa's Rideau Canal

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Ottawa's National Capital Commission (NCC) has embarked on multi-year project along the Rideau Canal to attract more skaters, strollers and cyclists in the winter and summer months. It's part of a larger experiment to increase the number of visitors to Ottawa's historic and landmark sites.

Two years ago, the NCC approved four pilot projects along the canal as part of an effort "to bring more vitality to the shoreline."

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Todd Moe
Morning Host and Producer

Skaters fill the (frozen) Rideau Canal, and some warm themselves near fire pits at 8 Locks’ Flat Bistro Saturday afternoon during Ottawa's Winterlude. Photo: Todd Moe
Skaters fill the (frozen) Rideau Canal, and some warm themselves near fire pits at 8 Locks’ Flat Bistro Saturday afternoon during Ottawa's Winterlude. Photo: Todd Moe
One of the projects,"8 Locks' Flat," is a beach-and-bistro. Actually, this month it's a skate-and-bistro that offers hot chocolate and soups. A gourmet chef helps out in the summer season. Todd Moe caught up with the bistro's operator, Colin Goodfellow, last Saturday; he says the NCC's experiment has been a success, and his canal-side café is popular with both tourists and locals.

The next phase of the NCC's project is opening similar opportunities along the Ottawa River (more information here). The deadline for proposals is March 14.

 

 

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