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Scenic Sunday - Ottawa, Rideau Canal

Posted by Lorac Saturday, 2 January 2010

It is too cold to go for a walk today. -20Celcius. I think I will pull from the archives a photo for Scenic Sunday.

This was a frosty night in Ottawa taken from my motel back door.  I had just arrived after a long drive in a truck from Georgetown pulling a 26 ft trailer. It took about 6 hours. I was in awe of the beauty of the early evening skyline and the sunset!

I have spent quite a bit of time in Ottawa, traveling for my past means of employment. It is a beautiful city and I think the nicest in the winter . Lots of snow and cold enough to freeze the Rideau Canal for skaters. The Rideau Canal in the winter is beautiful. It is frequently used as a means of transport in the winter with people skating to work! It was officially named the world's longest skating rink by the Guiness Book of Records! Imagine being able to skate,sleigh or walk on a 7-kilometre stretch. It is groomed and maintained on a regular basis to make the skating optimal.

This part of the Canal, very near the downtown area has skate rentals shacks. I rented a pair one evening and tried skating after many years off the skates. It was a hoot and I am sure any one watching me felt the same. I did get some great photos though. Hot Chocolate, coffee, Hot dogs and fries can all be found but the best of all is the famous delicacies, Beaver Tails (a delicious pastry) for sale! I posted the recipe awhile back. If you are interested you will find it here.
For more wonderful scenic views go here.


  1. eileeninmd Says:
  2. Great photos of an interesting place. The canal sounds like a cool spot for ice skating.

  3. Lorac Says:
  4. It is a great place Eileen!

  5. Merisi Says:
  6. Beautiful winter sunset!
    The snow image of the post before is very pretty too.

    Happy New Year! :-)

  7. Lorac Says:
  8. Thanks Merisi! Happy New Year!

  9. Jenn Jilks Says:
  10. Is it open yet, Lorac? I have fond memories of skating in between Xmas & going back to school!

    My hubby is so glad NOT to be traveling for business. It isn't so much fun when you HAVE to.

    Happy New Year.

    P.S. the trains ARE fun!

  11. Unknown Says:
  12. Magnificent photography as always, and I loved the recipe. It sounds like something we make over here, but we call them bears' paws. :0)

  13. Lorac Says:
  14. Jen, is isn't open yet. My Daughter in law went to Ottawa last week and checked.I would like to go back for the Winter Carnival this year.

  15. Lorac Says:
  16. Carole Anne, Thank you! I must admit I love the Beaver Tails!

  17. Eden Says:
  18. What a beautiful cold night scene. Love the place. You take good pictures.

  19. Dorothy Says:
  20. Gorgeous header! Love the way the ice and snow cover all the branches! Wonderful Scenic Sunday picture, too. Very sharp and clear.

  21. Reanaclaire Says:
  22. hello ...greetings and Happy New Year from me at

    I am claire and these pictures are awesome! Everywhere is winter except the tropical countries....

  23. Unknown Says:
  24. These are fantastic photos - love the orange glow - wonderful!

  25. Very nice photos to show off our capital! Well done!

    All the best in 2010!

  26. Wonderful photos - the glow from the lights is very effective.
    Melbourne Daily Photo

  27. Joe Todd Says:
  28. I used to love to skate. As a kid my best Christmas ever was the year I got my ice skates. Ankles wouldn't hold up today though LOL

  29. Anonymous Says:
  30. That'd be awesome to travel by skating! So much better than going round and round in circles on an ice rick :)

  31. Jenn Says:
  32. These are terrific photos. I live in the tropics and the only place people can go ice skating is in a mall, obviously man-made. Must be cool to step foot on the longest skating rink. :)

  33. photokerstin Says:
  34. Beautiful photos!

  35. beautiful images. It seemto be a good place if you like skating.

  36. Lori ann Says:
  37. It looks very cold! Your blog looks very cold! I LOVE it, it's so wintery! Your photos are lovely, I espically like the hoar frost ones, that's something i'd never heard of before.
    Happy New Year to you Lorac!

  38. happyone Says:
  39. Getting caught up reading all my favorite blogs today after being away. Love all your photos.
    I'm a Gemini too!

  40. That sunset was pretty spectacular..and the river frozen and kept as an icerink all winter??? What a fantastic idea!

  41. Susan Ellis Says:
  42. I LOVE skating on the Rideau Canal, and we try to do it a few times a season at least...Nice photos!


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