Enjoying winter around and about town

I realize that even those who don’t mind winter may be growing weary of it by now, so I better get one last ‘winter’ post in while at least some of you may appreciate it!

When I first moved to Ottawa in 2013 to do my Masters, I was teased mercilessly about how cold it would be. This was not inaccurate! It was not as bad as I thought it would be, but I did experience the coldest temps I had ever seen while in Ottawa. One thing I have to applaud the folks up here for though, is embracing winter. Ottawa is famous for the Rideau Canal (which you can see more of here, and here in warmer temps), which turns into a huge skating rink in the winter. I definitely enjoyed some skating time on the canal this year.

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Winterlude is a huge part of winter fun in Ottawa. Although I didn’t get to see a lot of it this year, I felt the spirit of it, as there are small ice and snow sculptures (among other things) sprinkled throughout the downtown area to celebrate.

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It’s difficult to tell in this next photo, but there were games along Sparks Street.

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Over the last couple of weeks I had the chance to wander around and take photos, which is always a source of relaxation and joy for me. Sometimes, it’s the simple things.

On campus at Carleton

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Bank & Sparks Streets

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Sparks Street

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Downtown

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Byward Market

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Lowertown (my hood)

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The Chinese Embassy decorated for New Year celebrations

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All images by me; copyright Tina Beynen, 2018.

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