OK, this just came in from the National Capital Commission:
The 44th Season on the Rideau Canal Skateway Starts Today
NCC to open 3.2 kilometres between Concord Street and the Bank Street bridge
Canada’s Capital Region — The Rideau Canal...
An earlier post in All In looking for the bright side of early cold temperatures turned out to be overly-hopeful in regards to skating the Rideau Canal Skateway before the new year.
Yes, it has been cold. But not every single day. And it’s...
I don’t know how you feel about current weather but our household was thrilled to be able to hit the ski trails in November. (OK, it was late November, but still!)
Early snow, lots of it, and now …bitter cold. Is there a bright side to...
The National Capital Commission has called a halt to skating the canal, until next winter, of course. According to this NCC press release on Thursday:
The heavy wet snow of the past 24 hours has weakened the ice and with the continuing mild weather...
Winterlude kicks off today, with a few small adjustments.
This week’s weather swings forced a mid-week closure of the Rideau Canal Skateway. It was still closed this morning, in fact. But the NCC opened the entire skateway – all 7.8...
Feb 17, 2012 — Organizers of Ottawa's big three-week winter festival have learned from long experience there's just no counting on the weather. Take this year: a mild opening weekend. Then a chilly one. And now, a bit of a melt-down.
The Rideau Canal was closed on Thursday as temperatures reached the upper 30s, with another mild forecast on tap for today.
Winterlude's final weekend includes a provincial holiday "Family Day" on Monday, giving residents and visitors three full days to take in a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities. Lucy Martin has more. Go to full article
Hugh Graham (left) and a fellow kick sledder, Jan. 2011. Photo: Lucy Martin
Jan 19, 2012 — Part of Ottawa's Rideau Canal Skateway opened for skating this past Sunday, kicking off its 42nd season. Once weather permits, nearly five miles of frozen canal will see heavy use for another month or two. The free skateway is a star attraction for Winterlude, coming up February 3-20. Sunday, just a short section was open, and the ice conditions were listed as poor.
Long time canal enthusiast Hugh Graham keeps a kick sled on hand for bad ice days. The sled looks like a light kitchen chair on long, thin runners. Wearing home-made studded boots, he can ride the runner with one foot, and push along at a good clip with the other. There's even room for some gear or a light passenger on the chair. Graham showed off his kick sled to Lucy Martin for today's Heard Up North. Go to full article