Winter is slowly creeping up on us and as the days get colder, some Canadians are wishing for snow to start tumbling down from the sky. There are tons of fun activities across Ontario for people to enjoy, including light displays and holiday markets.
In the capital city of Canada, there was a brand new tradition many people really enjoyed but news broke today that it sadly won't be returning. The skating rink that was built on Parliament Hill was officially confirmed to be cancelled for the winter season spanning between 2018 and 2019.
The Canada 150 rink was a hit for the 2017-2018 winter season in Ottawa and had over 150,000 skaters over its four months of operation. Sadly for this year, the rink will not be operating at its regular home on Parliament Hill and will be moved to a completely different city in Ontario.
Following the death of Gord Brown, the MP for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes riding, the rink will be moved to his hometown Gananoque, Ontario, about an hour and a half away from Ottawa. Brown passed away on May 2 of this year following a heart attack in his office on Parliament Hill.
While Ottawa is sad to see the rink leave, the mayor of Gananoque told CBC that they are thrilled to have Brown honoured this way. The exact location is yet to be decided but the city is planning on naming the thoughtful gift after their late MP.
Heritage Canada is expected to make a formal announcement about moving the rink in just a few days but it was known that they were looking for a home for the new skating area.
While we're sure Ottawa is sad to see the Canada 150 Rink leave, at least there is always the Rideau Canal to skate on this winter!