Winterlude may be over, but the Rideau Canal, our national landmark, is still open for skating. Downtown Ottawa, I keep on seeing passers-by casually carrying a pair of skates in the hands or on their shoulders, heading to the longest skating rink in the world (okay, I know some may argue it’s not!). The crowd on weekends is pretty impressive!
Only in Canada you can see toddlers skating perfectly, moms pushing strollers on ice and teens goofing around, secretly training and hoping to be the next Wayne Gretzky.
Skating on the Canal is actually pretty hard because the ice if far from being smooth — no zamboni to resurface it! It can get quite slushy (slush is a mix of ice/ snow and water) and there are holes here and there.