Watch ice fly in Ottawa
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Wednesday, 15 February 2012 18:22
There have been some recent rumblings along the Rideau Canal that travellers may see during their holiday in Canada's capital city. To keep the local residents and environment safe, the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority has been blasting away large parts of the ice that has formed over the winter so it can flow over the waterfalls without causing damage.
On a daily basis, experts will venture out onto the ice floes to set up blasting equipment. These explosions cause chunks of ice to fly into the air. Those along the river banks can see this happen and witness the ice cascade down the canal at several spots along the waterway.
Officials do advise onlookers to stay a safe distance away from the operations, though, so travellers may want to proceed with caution when checking out this spectacle. Anyone interested in city development or conservation technology may want to keep an eye out for the blastings. If guests are fortunate, they can see the blastings in person while they explore all the other interesting things to see and do as they travel in Canada.