After everyone had their fill of the art gallery, we moseyed over to the Byward Market to replenish our hungry bodies. We chose the Highlander for supper, and we were all pleased. While I opted for the safe burger, I must say that it must have been the best burger that I have ever tasted. Yum!
After a very filling meal, we waddled over to the canal. During January and February, the Rideau Canal (in the Ottawa section) becomes the world's largest skating rink at almost 8km/5mi.
This is our 9th winter in the region and is the first time that we've made it onto the canal. While our skating days are behind us, it was a pleasure just to get on for awhile.
I took this shot ↑ as we were leaving and heading back to the car. I took this one ↓ earlier when we were on the canal. There has been snow that day, so the walking was a bit of a trudge. I saw pictures the next day of plows, three abreast, clearing the surface.
I went on about beavertails in a recent post. We had already passed the permanent fixture in the market area, but I was pleased to find this temporary one right on the canal. We later found another temporary stand in Confederation Park.
I took this final shot looking back toward the parliament buildings in the distance.
From here we went to Confederation Park to view the ice sculptures, but we'll save those photos for another day.