Growing up near Ottawa, skating on the Rideau canal was something I did often as a kid. This year I passed the tradition on to my boys and they loved it. There is nothing like lacing up the skates on a beautifuly, sunny winter day and skating through the nation's capital. The ice quality was terrific thanks to the wonderful staff at the NCC. And the Beavertails were a tasty treat at the end of our skate.