Rideau Canal Sets Record for Most Consecutive Days

Snowy Skate on the Rideau Canal

Snowy Skate on the Rideau Canal

While some may be decrying this year’s relentlessly cold winter, a notable record was broken this morning when the Rideau Canal opened for the 47th consecutive day – the most consecutive days in its 44-year history.

The NCC put up the green flag on January 10th – a pretty late start – and it’s been open every since, which means today breaks the previous record of 46 days, set in 2003-2004.

Last year the canal opened on December 31st after a bone-chilling Christmas week (sadly I was in Cuba so I missed it) and ran until March 11, but was only open for 58 days. The longest season on record was 1971-1972 when the canal was open for 90 full days, though not consecutively.

The cold weather that has made this possible has unfortunately chipped away at the number of visitors, which the NCC says has dropped this year to 17,000 per day from about 20,000 per day last year.

With no temps above 0 degrees or rain for the foreseeable future, this year looks set to crush the old record and could stand for quite some time. While the NCC says the Canal usually closes between March 5-10, could this be the year the Canal stays open all year long…?

Overnighter at Lusk Cabin in Gatineau Park

The view from the veranda at Lusk Cabin in Gatineau Park

The view from the veranda at Lusk Cabin in Gatineau Park

My rather enigmatically-named friend Ode invited me to join her and some friends for an overnight trip to the Lusk Cabin in Gatineau Park last Wednesday, and my girlfriend Erica and I quickly accepted! The weather has been perfect with plenty of small snowfalls and, after my December “ski-in” trip to the Ohimisi yurt became more of a “trudge-in” trip, I’ve been eager for that perfect cross country ski trip the Gatineau hills so often provides.

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Clip’n’Climb Wall Climbing with the Kids at Altitude Gym

20150215_114728 (1200x1600)My brilliant girlfriend had a great idea for Christmas gifts for my twin 8-year-old nephews this year: a parent-free indoor wall climbing session! So on the recommendation of a friend we checked out Altitude Gym in Gatineau and, after a quick phone call, my nephews, Erica and I were all booked up for a Clip’n’Climb session on the weekend.

Altitude’s main wall climbing area is amazing – beautiful walls around a massive space, with a giant Ayers Rock-type structure in the middle with all kinds of overhangs. We didn’t set foot in here, but Erica and I plan on heading back to try the big people’s side.

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Carleton Students’ 3D Printed Bike Snaps Under Pressure

Carleton Students' 3D printed bike breaks at moment of truth

Carleton Students’ 3D printed bike breaks at moment of truth

Three second-year Carleton University Mechanical Engineering students’ 3D-printed bike survived just a few seconds before cracking in half during their press conference, but their efforts will continue.

The three students, James Nugent, Michael Mackay-MacLaren, and Gabriel Wong, have been working on their 3D printed bike for about a year, and they believed that this, their fourth version of the bike, was the winner.

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