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Back from a break


Happy New Year!

After a relaxing time away, we’re back at work, gearing up for Winterlude and other fun activities.

While the Rideau Canal Skateway has not yet opened for its 40th skating season, the historic rink at Rideau Hall (home and workplace of Canada’s Governor General) has. Free skating is offered on Saturdays and Sundays between noon and 5pm. Groups can inquire about evening reservations during the week.

And many of the city’s 246 outdoor skating rinks in local parks have opened. Check conditions here.

Over the holidays, we went snowshoeing 3 times in Gatineau Park, including a 3-hour marathon that we’ll be talking about for years. It’s easy to stay active in the winter in Ottawa.

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Merry Christmas!


I’ll be taking a break for the holidays, enjoying some great food and drink and admiring the Christmas Lights Across Canada in downtown Ottawa.

Stay well, everyone, and see you in 2010!

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Ottawa welcomes Yummy Mummy Club!


Ottawa Tourism and the National Capital Commission welcome members of the Yummy Mummy Club who are planning to visit Ottawa during the Winterlude festival in February 2010. The festival runs February 5-21, 2010 and the mummies are coming February 12-15 — which also coincides with Valentine’s Day and the newest Ontario holiday — Family Day.

Watch the video below to see the famous Ice Hog mascots, check on the status of the Rideau Canal Skateway and get valuable tips for enjoying your Winterlude experience!

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Fun at the Christmas party!


What do Ottawa Tourism staffers do at their Christmas party?

Well, we started with a mini-Urban Quest, a sort of scavenger hunt that sent teams of two scurrying throughout the Novotel Ottawa for info to solve a puzzle. The solution was the combination to a safe, with great prizes inside.

We visited a guest room, the lobby, a meeting room, even the pool to gather the clues. The competition was fierce, with Katie accidentally sustaining injuries to her foot (!), before the winners came up with the right combination. Yes, it was Jerry and I who were the first to key in the correct numbers! Karen & Erica, Misty & Tristan, Caroline & Craig, and Alison & Dominic also received gifts.

After a four-course meal, with a rotation of seats after each course to encourage mingling, and before the karaoke (!), we enjoyed another contest, hatched weeks before. The goal was to create the best rap song about the Rideau Canal Skateway. Winners were Janet & Karen, and you can see why here:

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Olympic torch video


Chris Wheeler is a videographer / blogger who has been following the 2010 Vancouver Olympics torch relay as it winds its way through thousands of kilometres of Canada. He shot some video on Saturday, December 12 of the torch arriving in Ottawa and then produced this video:


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