Lengthy cold snap not long enough for Rideau Canal Skateway

By Marc-André Cossette, CBC News Ottawa, January 2, 2018

It seems the lengthy cold snap that gripped much of the country wasn't long enough for the Rideau Canal to freeze over.

After days of extreme cold warnings and a week of overnight lows that plunged deep into the –20s, crews are still preparing ice to allow skaters to venture out on the 7.8-kilometre-long ice rink.

But despite the bone-chilling temperatures that convinced many revellers to spend their holidays indoors and even cancelled some New Year's Eve events, National Capital Commission (NCC) spokesperson Jean Wolff said Mother Nature hasn't done enough just yet.


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