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Skate the Lake's "awesome" ice.
Skate the Lake's "awesome" ice.

Skating the old-fashioned way on Big Rideau Lake

Canada's capitol is famous for its outdoor skateway. It's the longest in the world, from the city's outskirts five miles on the frozen Rideau Canal into downtown. But Ottawa isn't the only Ontario community promoting its outdoor ice; tiny Portland, on Big Rideau Lake, has made its bay into a natural speedskating oval that's attracting not only racers, but everyday skaters like our correspondent Lucy Martin. She missed a recent "Skate the Lake" race, but found the ice busy with kids and parents.  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

Getting Reacquainted With Winter

Most winter getaway traffic flows toward the tropics. At least to the Carolinas. But freelancer Lucy Martin convinced her Mom, Martha, to travel against the grain this month. Martha Martin was born in Hawaii 73 years ago, and except for four years shivering at a New England college, has lived in the islands all her life. So what's the natural way to get re-acquainted with winter? A neighborly skate on the local creek, with the help of a plastic chair as a pairs partner. The family outing started with layering up:  Go to full article
Skating under the Bank Street Bridge
Skating under the Bank Street Bridge

Good Ice, Gray Skies: Canal Opens

The "World's Longest Skateway" opened Saturday under grey skies and light flurries. Ice conditions were "fair" to "good", and crowds of walkers, joggers and skaters turned out to enjoy various canal attractions. Ottawa's Rideau Canal is a favorite winter activity for residents and visitors alike. Lucy Martin spoke to skaters, and a vendor who explained a traditional canalside snack.  Go to full article

North Country Carries the Flag for Team USA

Two North Country athletes will lead the way tonight at the opening ceremonies in Salt Lake City. Amy Peterson, veteran speedskater from Ballston Spa, New York, will carry the US flag in the ceremony opening her fifth Olympic games. Lake Placid sled racer Jim Shea Jr. will recite the Olympic oath. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Ottawa's Ridaeu Canal Opens for Skating

The Rideau Canal in Ottawa is open for skating. The recent cold temperatures enabled the National Capital Commission to open the popular skating rink--just in time for the Winterlude festival. From Ottawa, Karen Kelly has the story.  Go to full article

Ottawa Rideau Canal Skating Still on Hold

Despite the fervent wishes of many in Ottawa, the Rideau Canal skateway remains closed. Officials at the National Capitol Commission announced today that the ice is still too thin to open the canal this weekend. Karen Kelly has a report from Ottawa.  Go to full article

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