Winterlude in Ottawa, 2nd year

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

As posted in my blog last year, people in Ottawa enjoy going outside when the temperature drops below -10 degrees Celsius. Winterlude, or should I say the celebration of Winter, this year is no exception to the rule. Today was a beautiful day here in Ottawa and provided for a great excuse to go and see the ice sculptures and the canal before the end of the “Bal des Neiges” as it is called in French.

Ice sculpture at Winterlude - Ottawa, ON

In addition to the great ice sculptures, local inhabitants go and skate on the canal… well, I’ll see next year if I want to give it a try again. It’s been so long that I haven’t skated on ice that I’m not sure if I could actually still stand straight.

Ice skating on the canal - Ottawa, ON

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Now that’s what I call winter in Ottawa…

Sunday, December 16th, 2007

As blogged last January, Winter 2006/07 had a slow start. Well looks like the 2007/08 Winter is off to a strong start… Positive territory for the temperatures (in Celsius) seems to be a fading memory and we are already at the third snow storm in Ottawa… see it for yourself:

Living in Ontario, Canada – Part 1

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

Or should I be more specific… living in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada – Part 1. I’ve crossed the Atlantic in November of 2006, just in time for winter, which I survived, and am now enjoying my first Canadian summer. To summarize this blog post, I really like living in the capital of this huge country. People are really nice, and many of them speak a language that reminds me of French, hidden behind an accent and some strange ways of saying things, that is for someone who grew-up on the other side of the Atlantic. As for when living in the UK before coming to this side of the world, there are things that come as a surprise to me, some constructive comments and other random thoughts not really worth mentioning. In no particular order, I’ll be covering the milk distribution, the temperature during winter, batteries recycling, the Canadian-French language, buying geek toys, hockey and weather news on USA channels.


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Celebrating my first Canada day in Ottawa

Sunday, July 1st, 2007

Today are the celebration of Canada’s 140th birthday, also known as Canada Day. I walked around Parliament Hill in Ottawa and enjoyed the celebrations.


Canada Day 2007

Happy Canada Day!

I’m getting hooked to hockey!

Friday, May 4th, 2007

Now that playoffs have started and that the Ottawa Senators made it to the finals, I have even more reasons to get hooked to this game.


NHL Playoffs in Ottawa

Go Sens Go! :-)

Winterlude in Ottawa

Monday, February 12th, 2007

Every year, there seems to be this concept of “it’s really cold today, let’s do something outside”… In Ottawa, they call it Winterlude, e.g. North America’s greatest Winter celebration. At that time, you can skate on a 7.8 kilometer “skateway”, which in summer is a man-made river.

Skating on the Canal

There are also those who are much more gifted with their hands than I am and who take part in the International Ice-Carving Competition. Really impressive temporary-work of art.

International Ice-Carving Competition

And for those who wonder, there is a difference between -10¬? and -20¬? Celsius… when the air you breath freezes your nose, you can tell it’s cold outside :-)

Enjoying an NHL game

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

Already my second NHL game in three months… Looks like I am getting hooked to hockey if I continue at that rhythm.

a first NHL game

The most interesting thing in this game is that there where almost as many Toronto Maple Leafs fans as there where Ottawa Senators fans… and when you get the two groups together encouraging their teams, it combines “Go Sens Go” and “Go Leafs Go” into what sounds like “Go Sleeves go” :-)

Winter has finally arrived in Ottawa

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

Winter finally made its way to Ottawa, with about a month delay… we’re now on average between -5 and -10 degrees Celsius!

First real snow in Ottawa

A few more weeks and the Canal should freeze. Time to get myself some skating shoes :-)