We came back to Canada just in time to take a peek at Winterlude 2011, our yearly winter festival. This was Winterlude’s last weekend and even though some ice sculptures partially melted because of a warmer weather spell last week, the crowd was here.
It was around – 10°C and we had to dress warm just to be able to stand outside for a while. My poor camera had quite a temperature shock after being dragged around in warmer countries—I thought it would freeze! And let me tell you that taking pictures when it’s that cold isn’t easy: either you take off the gloves and risk frostbites, either you keep the mittens on and feel like a monkey trying to press on the right button.
We hung out at Confederation Park for a little while, and then went for a walk on the Canal. People in Ottawa take pride in their ability to withstand the blistering cold winters and it amused me to see people eating poutine, hot dogs and beavertails on the picnic tables outside.
As usual, I ended up with melted maple toffee all over my fingers but it was good fun.