The Winterlude is our annual Winter Festival. It lasts for three weekends in February and there are all sorts of different activities associated with it.
Here's the official website: http://www.canadascapital.gc.ca/bins/ncc_web_content_page.asp?cid=16297-16298-22877&lang=1
They have Ice Sculpture
competitions, snow sculpture competitions, concerts and other fun stuff.
One of the main attractions is the Rideau Canal Skateway, which is the canal that goes through downtown Ottawa and connects the Rideau River to the Ottawa River for boats in the Summer.
In the Winter, they let the water level down, it freezes and we have a 7.8km long skateway that is maintained by the city.
Here's a link to a page that has a webcam of the very beginning of the canal:
It takes about 50 minutes to go from downtown to Dow's Lake, unless you stop on the way for a beavertail or a poutine.
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