Dust off your skates, long johns, mitts, and 8 sweaters. You'll need all of them, because the Rideau Canal is officially open in Ottawa for the season! Well, sort of. 

The Rideau Canal officially opened this morning from Pretoria to Bronson, which means it's opened through all of Dow's Lake. However, it's only opened for 5km instead of it's usual 7.8-km. While we thought we may not get to skate on our favourite skating rink for a while, these deep freezes are definitely allowing us to. 

Last year the season was super short–only 25 days. On average, there are 50 days of the year that allow us to skate on the Rideau Canal and it typically opens the first couple weeks of January. Hopefully this year will be different, however, with the cold front ending soon, I doubt this season will last longer than 25 days. 

If you're not familiar with the Rideau Canal (which means you're either not from Ottawa or have never been here, but still, what?) it is the largest skating rink in the world. Tourists come from all over the world to skate on this skating rink, and to get delicious BeaverTails. It is an important part of Ottawa's history, and definitely a staple in Ottawa's winters. 

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