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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

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."  Go to full article
Relatives and friends cheered the crews on from the shore of the Rideau River. Photo: Lucy Martin
Relatives and friends cheered the crews on from the shore of the Rideau River. Photo: Lucy Martin

A beautiful start to rowing season at Head of the Rideau

The regatta racing season is underway for rowing teams across the region.

This past Sunday the Ottawa Rowing Club played host to U.S. and Canadian teams ranging in age from high school to master's.

It was a lovely fall day, full of brilliant sunshine. Lucy Martin checked in with the finish line crew, just past Mooney's Bay Beach. She spoke with one of the umpires, Brian Storosko.  Go to full article
Skaters on Ottawa's Rideau Canal during Winterlude, 2010. Photo: Judy Andrus Toporcer, Pierrepont NY. NCPR Photo of the Day archive, Winter 2010.
Skaters on Ottawa's Rideau Canal during Winterlude, 2010. Photo: Judy Andrus Toporcer, Pierrepont NY. NCPR Photo of the Day archive, Winter 2010.

Warm weather threatens Rideau skateway

It's January and the Rideau Canal in Ottawa remains closed. The National Capital Commission--which maintains the canal-- is waiting for a good long stretch of cold weather.

It needs to be in the five degree range - and no warm days -- to harden the ice. Two winters ago, there were 58 days of skating on the canal. Last year, there were only 28, and this season doesn't look very promising.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: Skate sharpening time in Ottawa

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.  Go to full article
Allan Meltzer as Lt. Col John By (1781 - 1836)
Allan Meltzer as Lt. Col John By (1781 - 1836)

Ottawa's tribute to Colonel By

The first Monday in August is a holiday that gets localized across much of Canada. Ottawa has taken to calling it Colonel By Day. Royal Engineer Lieutenant Colonel John By was responsible for building the Rideau Canal - a huge, six-year project completed back in 1832. Largely because of that over-land waterway, a scruffy area called Bytown grew into the city of Ottawa and became the national capital a few decades later. Today, the well-preserved canal system connecting Kingston with Ottawa is a boater's delight and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Allan Meltzer was one of several re-enactors at commemorative events surrounding the grounds of Ottawa's Bytown Museum.  Go to full article
Coral Lindsay talks more about steamboats at the carriage house across from Watson's Mill in Manotick, Ont., Wednesday at 6:30 pm.
Coral Lindsay talks more about steamboats at the carriage house across from Watson's Mill in Manotick, Ont., Wednesday at 6:30 pm.

Remembering the age of steamboats

The by-gone era of steamboats will be the focus of a public lecture offered twice this month in Manotick, Ontario. Local history buff Coral Lindsay has been absorbing the heritage of the Rideau corridor for more than 70 years. She told Ottawa correspondent Lucy Martin that a lot of it came naturally.  Go to full article

A perfect Winterlude day

Winterlude still has one more weekend to go--Ottawa's big winter festival will end on February 18th. The full length of the Rideau Canal is now open everyday--conditions permitting--and the weather this past weekend was about as nice as can be. Ottawa corespondent Lucy Martin spoke with Hugh Griffith, who was thoroughly enjoying an invigorating Sunday stroll on the Canal.  Go to full article
Skaters warned off -- for now.
Skaters warned off -- for now.

Ice builds in Ottawa

The Rideau Canal winds through the heart of Ottawa. It's scenic in summer. In winter, it emerges as a dominant feature of city life, nearly five miles of outdoor skating. Students and businessmen commute on skates. Tourists come from both sides of the border. The Skateway is the star attraction for Winterlude. Hundreds of thousands of people crowd the ice during the three-week-long carnival held every February, bringing $150 million dollars into the region's economy. The unusually warm start to this winter cast doubt on any skate season at all. January may be a write-off, but deep cold has finally arrived, making Winterlude's prospects look--nearly solid. Ottawa correspondent Lucy Martin has more.  Go to full article
Skating on the Rideau Canal. Photo of the Day by Donna Kientz Matoes
Skating on the Rideau Canal. Photo of the Day by Donna Kientz Matoes

Tips for the World's Longest Skateway

Ottawa's Rideau Canal is still not open for the season. But it won't be long before thousands of people hit the ice there -- businessmen with briefcases, moms with kids, tourists. The canal runs from the edge of the city, Dow's Lake, all the way downtown -- about five miles. While waiting for the ice to thicken, Lucy Martin spoke with Jasmin Simard, the owner of Figure Eight Skate Specialist, in Ottawa. With 30 years of experience in outfitting customers, he had some tips for a good skate -- when the green flags are flying.  Go to full article

Remembering Irish Sacrifice on the Rideau Canal

The 47 locks and 18 dams of the Rideau Canal are a giant draw for boaters and tourists in the summer months. The system connects Montreal with Kingston, Ontario via Ottawa. The British built the canal after the War of 1812 to allow boats to travel inland rather than risking a potentially dangerous transit along the border waters of the St. Lawrence River. The project was the largest of its kind in the British Empire at the time, and mostly Irish immigrants worked on it. Hundreds died. On Sunday in Ottawa, Canadian officials will unveil a Celtic Cross memorial in honor of the fallen canal workers. David Sommerstein spoke with Ken Clavette, a member of the Rideau Canal Celtic Cross Committee. He says it's hard to pin down how many people died building the canal system.  Go to full article

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