This Friday my office set some time aside for employees to enjoy Winterlude before it ends this weekend. If you haven’t heard about it before, Winterlude is a winter festival celebrated in Ottawa, Canada’s capital. It usually runs from late January to mid-February. There’s a ton of activities to do, but the major attractions are the Rideau Canal—the world’s biggest skating rink, the ice sculptures, and of course, the hot chocolate and beaver tails.
After finishing up some of our work, we bundled up and headed out in the afternoon. The weather was perfect. A little cloudy, but there was a gentle snowfall and it wasn’t too cold. Before heading to the festivities, we stopped to get some hot chocolate to keep us warm. It certainly was a nice break from work and it’s always a welcomed change of pace to get to know your co-workers a little better.
While we enjoyed our hot chocolate, our first stop was the ice sculptures. The weather has been a bit erratic this season, ranging from warm to insanely freezing. Unfortunately, some of the sculptures were half melted or destroyed completely. There were a few still standing that I enjoyed. Here are some of my favourites:
Next, we headed to the Rideau Canal. When I was a kid, I used to skate a lot. I even took figure skating classes, believe it or not. But it’s been years since then, so I decided to simply walk on the ice. One of my co-workers was sweet enough to bring an extra pair, but I was a little too hesitant to try to skate. Nonetheless, I still had a good time, enjoying the scenery and talking to another co-worker who didn’t skate either. We both ended up talking about computer games, which is always a fun time. Before heading back to the office, we all crossed paths and shared what we saw or talked about. Whether we skated or walked, we were all in an agreement that we had a good time.
If you’re out enjoying Winterlude this weekend, be sure to stay warm!