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Enjoying the skateway in 2011. Photo courtesy C. Miller
Enjoying the skateway in 2011. Photo courtesy C. Miller

Rideau Canal Skateway opens today

This month's 'January thaw' was followed by colder temperatures. Enough, apparently, to put the final freeze on Ottawa's famous Rideau Canal Skateway.

Organizers said a 2.2 kilometer section would be open to the public as of 7 a.m.  Go to full article
A snow sculpture in Snowflake Village, Gatineau Park. Photo: Judy Andrus Toporcer, Pierrepont NY.
A snow sculpture in Snowflake Village, Gatineau Park. Photo: Judy Andrus Toporcer, Pierrepont NY.

Winterlude 2012's final weekend: soggy fun?

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
Hugh Graham (left) and a fellow kick sledder, Jan. 2011. Photo: Lucy Martin

Heard Up North: Hugh Graham, long-time canal fan

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

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