Ottawa: The Frozen City

With storm warnings spreading across Ottawa all day I thought I would share with you a few photos of the frozen city as I have seen it so far:

The Rideau Canal

Ottawa’s famous Rideau Canal freezes over every year to become the world’s longest ice rink. People travel from all over for a fun day skating on the ice and many local workers even use it for their commute to work!

At the weekend I went for an explore of this vast icy sheet of wonder and can happily report back that it is beautiful!


Off for a gentle stroll on the ice! (The TD Place Football Stadium behind)

On the canal there are stops where you can rent skates and warm up, one of the main places including stalls selling food and warm drinks to heat up.

I was told by my cousins that a must try was this thing called a Beavertail:


Which was basically a pastry type thing shaped a bit like a beavertail that you could have with different toppings on, like maple icing, cheese and onion, chocolate, or the one I had which was cinnamon and sugar:


It was soooooooo good! Seriously I’ve already decided with all the yummy food here I’m going to be returning from my travels twice the size I am now. I munched it warming up by the fire and gazing out at people skating by.



The Snow Just Keeps Falling

Not only did I arrive in Ottawa just in time for the weather to reach record breaking freezing temperatures, but today is slowly seeing the most snowfall the region has seen in years. The snow is still falling and there has been 50 cm of snow forecast to land in certain areas. You would think that would have the city at a standstill, but nope! Canada knows how to deal with this stuff and soon you see the snowploughs and snowshoes out in full force.

Here’s a few shots I got of my Uncle’s street in Kanata:


(As you can see by the expression my Uncle loves snow haha)




We think at the time of taking these pictures the snow had reached about 18 inches deep… the snow is not meant to stop falling until tomorrow or even the day after.

I’m certainly experiencing a true Canadian winter 😀


J x

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