Winter in Canada's capital is long and cold, yet Ottawa takes on a fairy-tale quality buried under layers of snow too beautiful for two photographers to not adventure out into. Ottawa's natural beauty is highlighted as snow hushes the usual city sounds, and Canadians engage in winter activities as only Canadians can. When the summer wedding season is still months away, we learn to enjoy the stillness and beauty of Ottawa in the winter.
Of course Ottawa in the winter is known best for the Rideau Canal which freezes into one of the world's longest skating rinks, drawing thousands of tourists to the city each year, and providing an alternate skate commute to work for locals. The proximity of Ottawa to Quebec only enhances winter in Canada's capital, providing easy access to skiing, both cross-country and downhill, tubing, snowshoeing and any winter sport you desire! A sweet bonus to winter in Ottawa arrives once the snow starts to thaw with perhaps the greatest Canadian tradition - trips to the maple sugar bush! However when you live in Ottawa you learn to appreciate winter in the less popular parts of the city as well - away from the crowds of Winterlude and ski hills, where the imagination is free to ponder the Canada of old and take in the winter wonderland.