Wednesday, February 10, 2010

World's Largest Skating Rink

Winter seems to be a busy time of year for us since most weekends are usually designated for skiing. At the end of every winter season, I complain bitterly about not having skated the Rideau Canal. It's like living in Toronto and never have been up the CN Tower (I shake my head in disgust). It's been a few years since I donned a pair of skates and this past weekend, Neil and I made the committment of spending a few hours on the canal. If you're going to make the effort of heading down to the canal, packing the car with skates and warm clothing, you might as well skate the entire thing! We laced up just off of Bronson Street, skated towards downtown Ottawa and then came back, looped around Dow's Lake and then up to Carleton University for a total of 20 km (or 12.42 miles for my Imperial friends). Not bad for a three year hiatus. Our reward...a Maple Butter Beavertail. (What's a Beavertail you ask?? Well, it's a Canadian version of the donut, in which the dough is made into the flat shape of a beavers tail and flavoured with lemon, maple syrup and cinnamon. You can't get anymore Canadian than this!)
Now mind you this is a "once in a blue moon treat" but having just skating the entire length of the canal, in minus 15 degree weather, it was well deserved and burned off. In conclusion, "All sins are forgiven here. Amen".


Rhonda said...

Yummy looking doughnut thingy and good for you with the skiing outing. Now the minus temp.....bbbuuurrrrrrr!
Take care.

Joyce said...

That looks like fun. There is a similar rink on the Assiniboine River in Winnipeg but that's two hours away from us so I haven't gone yet.