please wait
close window
The elegant Chateau Laurier is a great home base
for exploring Ottawa during WinterludeThe Canadian Parliament buildings
dominate the east end of Ottawa's Rideau Canal
You can give your kids a ride
on the canal in an old-fashioned sleigh
Food stands line the canal banks
The Rivière L'Assomption
in Joliette, Québec
Join us for a fabulous nine-day skating tour of Eastern Canada.
Imagine skating the Rideau Canal during Ottawa's famous winter carnival, Winterlude. The largest expanse of groomed outdoor ice in North America, the 8-km Rideau is a magnet for up to 100,000 skaters each weekend who come to watch live performances on the ice, marvel at the ice sculpture garden at City Hall and the snow sculpture garden at Dow's Lake, push their kids down the canal in old-fashioned sleighs, and snack on regional specialties called Beaver Tails cooked to your order at canalside food stands.
Stay on the banks of the canal at Ottawa's elegant Chateau Laurier(top left), within walking distance of the historic Canadian Parliament buildings (top right).
Want to cross-country ski too? Spend a day in the Gatineau Park skiing Canada's top nordic event, the Keskinada Loppet, with 5 km to 50 km tours for both classic and freestyle skiers. Don't miss out!
Midweek we'll cross into French-speaking Québec, where our first adventure takes us to the 9-kmRivière L'Assomptionskating track inJoliette. Our final destination is Lac Beauport, where we'll stay at a deluxe lakeside hotel with cross-country and downhill skiing a short drive away. On the lake we can skate distances up to 50 kilometers on a groomed track. Skating on Lac Beauport
just north of Québec City
We'll also explore the narrow streets, antique stone buildings, cozy bistros and quaint shops - plus toboggan slides and outdoor skating parks - of Canada's oldest city, Québec.
NORDIC SKATER: Your source for ice skates,
inline skates, cross-country skis and roller skis. NORDIC SKATER - 713 Route 5 North,
Norwich, Vermont 05055 USA
(802) 649-3939 ... Toll-Free (866) 244-2570
Home Page .. Visit Our Store .. Email U