Ottawa's Feature Event the Opening of the Rideau Canal Today January 18, 2013
Yes it has been a snowier and colder winter so far and with the predictions for the next week or so, it is not going to change. It will snow a bit and then get really, really cold out. And you haven't lived until you have skated the entire length of the (11 km) World's Longest Outdoor Skating Rink. at temperatures nothing above -18 degree. Conditions should be perfect for a great skate.
For over 40m years the National Capital Region has been rolling out the red carpets and the Beavertail stands to the world who are willing to dawn skates and warm clothes to blade on the canal.
I suggest you check the conditions before you go and mark the calendar for the opening of Winterlude in 14 days.