1. Skating the Rink of Dreams
Ask any Canadian to recommend things to do in Ottawa in the winter, and chances are, “Skating the Rideau Canal” will most likely be the first response. Nevertheless, visitors to Ottawa are often disappointed to find that—due to unseasonably warm temperatures—the canal is only partially open (or worse, closed) during their winter visit. Although skating on the canal requires just-right weather conditions, the open-air, refrigerated Ottawa City Hall Sens Rink of Dreams (shown here), on the banks of the waterway, is usually good to go. Admission is free, but it’s strictly BYOS (bring your own skates).
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