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Home > general rambling > Putting the “brrrr” back in Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed

Putting the “brrrr” back in Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed

February 11th, 2010

A pair of now-frozen-solid socks, left behind at the Bank Street stairs to the Rideau Canal

Have I mentioned that I’m not a morning person? But today, I awoke to a 6:30 a.m. alarm (on purpose) so that John and I could do a before-work morning skate on the Rideau Canal — one of Ottawa’s most popular tourist attractions. Especially these days, in the midst of Winterlude (good luck finding a hotel in the city this month!), the Canal can be a hectic place to be… but at this hour, we only had to share with a few other ice-skating commuters and fellow early risers.

I love how the morning sun glares all golden on the buildings in the distance…

One con about going this early (besides eyeballs and the insides of my ears feeling like they were freezing solid, while the rest of my body was overheating with all the layers I’d put on) is that you can’t get a BeaverTail. Oh, Killaloe Sunrise, I will enjoy you soon. (For the non-locals, these are pastries and not actually beavertails; Obama got one when he visited last year!)

We saw this diligent kid, practicing his stickhandling. Can’t get much more Canadian than this!

There’s a display of teepees along the Canal — this is my artsy fartsy shot looking up at one. Again, I just love that sun bouncing off the top…

The quality of the ice surface can be pretty rutty. If you’re going at a good clip and then one of your blades gets caught in a big divet, it can result in something a little… like… this…

I promise, I made sure he was ok before I laughed :)

Woohoo to all the Ottawans and visitors who get the chance to visit Winterlude and have a glide (plus a Beavertail and cider) on the Canal. I’ll be back… but more likely during the p.m. hours.

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  1. February 12th, 2010 at 09:12 | #1

    Awesome idea to go so early and have the canal all to yourself (more or less) … looks like fun even altho also pretty chilly!

  2. February 12th, 2010 at 10:08 | #2

    The canal and winterlude make me proud to be an Ottawan. You’d never catch me there that early, but it is a good way to avoid the crowds. They should have at least one Beaver Tail hut open for the “skate-muters”.

  3. Mers
    February 12th, 2010 at 17:55 | #3

    Looking forward to a Valentine’s Day skate on Sunday. Alistair commuted to school this morning on skates. I was very proud. :)

  4. February 13th, 2010 at 12:48 | #4

    you are a brave, brave pair. I love the pics of the canal! The commuters in the elevators downtown with skates over their shoulders are my fave sight in the winter. Love it!

  5. February 14th, 2010 at 18:29 | #5

    Beautiful pics! Skating the Rideau Canal is one of my great(unrealized) Canadian goals.

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