Nathan Phillips Square

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In Ottawa, we have the Rideau Canal. In Toronto, local polish their skating skills on Nathan Phillips Square, where the New Year celebrations took place.

Torontonians seemed to have a blast with friends and family as they were skating around the man-made ice rink that covers the square. I wanted to try it, but the queue at the skate rental was huge!

City Hall

City Hall

Skating At Dusk

Skating At Dusk

Getting Ready

Getting Ready

All Skating!

All Skating!

Lost In The Crowd

Lost In The Crowd

Tying Up

Tying Up

Resting

Resting

Queuing To Rent Skates

Queuing To Rent Skates

In Motion

In Motion

Skating

Skating

Having a Blast? Two Girls Giggling

Having a Blast? Two Girls Giggling

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13 Comments

  1. I used to go skating every Saturday nights when I was a kid. Last time I skated was in high school and I missed all the fun I had. The other day, I noticed many Danes skating at a frozen lake and it looked so fun!

  2. look at all the people skating!!! it looks like fun.
    who wants to stay at home when you can be outside having fun?
    can you believe, i have never skated? well, i rollerskated,
    but never on ice. i feel more comfortable skiing.
    .-= Seraphine´s last blog ..Everything Comes =-.

  3. Wow, there are a ton of people there! I wouldn’t have waited in the queue either. Every year I say I am going to skate in front of Hotel de Ville, but I always give up because I hate waiting an hour to do something only relatively fun. I enjoyed your photos, though!
    .-= angelaineurope´s last blog ..A Long Overdue Christmas Post =-.

  4. @Shannon – I must admit there are quite a few broken arms around in Ottawa during the winter…!

    @Bluefish – I learned to skate in France as a young teen actually. It was like going to disco for us, the music at the skating rink was awesome! But I haven’t skated since I came to Canada.

    @Agnes – You have to try it!

    @Tulsa Gentleman – Artificial rink are probably the best to learn to skate. The ice in Toronto didn’t look bad, but the one on the Rideau Canal is uneven and can be slushy.

    @Seraphine – I’m the opposite. I tried skiing once long time ago and I didn’t like it at all. I feel more steady when I skate… although I haven’t done it in a long long time.

    @Sidney – Yeah but when you learn, it’s fun for other people to watch 😆

    @Maurice – Oops, you are right. My mistake! Thank for correcting it 🙂

    @Nigel Babu – Nah, huge line-up for rental skates! Plus, I had the camera.

    @angelaineurope – I think I should buy my own. Skates are relatively cheap (at least entry level brands) and rental fees can be high.

    @Linguist-in-Waiting – Makes sense! But it’s not that dangerous most people don’t skate as fast as hockey players 😉

  5. Cute picture of the girls! I am an awful ice skater. But it’s fun being awful. I really enjoy it. Although I haven’t ice skated in ages, and have never skated outside (only indoors), I would jump at the chance to ice skate outside.
    .-= Seb´s last blog ..New Tshirts for Sale! =-.

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