Dow's Lake, Ottawa. Skating on the Rideau Canal - KAP 2008-10
The Rideau Canal system stretches from Ottawa, Ontario to Kingston, Ontario. I'm not sure of the exact length of the canal, but it is 180 km to cycle from Ottawa to Kingston in the annual Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour. The city of Ottawa's existence largely depends on the fact that this was the site chosen for where the canal would join the Ottawa River. For many years, Ottawa laid claim to having the longest outdoor skating rink in the world, stretching from Dow's Lake to the National Arts Centre (our claim has recently been outclassed by the city of Winnipeg I believe). Weather permitting, the rink is open to recreational skating (and commuting) for several months each winter. The skating rink is one of the main focal points of the annual Winterlude festivities which is an important tourist attraction to the region. This Kite Aerial Photography (KAP) outing includes pictures taken about 1 week after Winterlude ended for this year.