Last weekend was our most officially Canadian weekend of the year - and because stereotypes often ring true, it makes sense that it's become one of my favourite weekends of the year.
Ottawa makes it easy to embrace your inner Canadian. I think it's safe to say that if you tried, you could find a rink in walking distance from your home in any area of the city. And I believe the message here is you either embrace the winter, or you suffer through it. Admittedly, outdoor activities like skating and hockey do make it seem more bearable when it's minus 25 with the windchill for about two months straight. Also it's part of who we are... I learned to skate in my backyard with a chair when I was just learning to walk. I lived in the rink watching my sister and then nieces figure skate and watching my best friends play hockey.
A few winters ago I posted a picture of this amazing outdoor rink in our neighborhood on Facebook and was surprised when a bunch of friends commented that they'd love to get a pick-up game of hockey together. So for the third year in a row nearly the same group of us has gotten together to play hockey (or watch like I did this year) and then warm up afterwards with some food and drink. Aside from the distraction of endless snow and cold, I really love this group of people. I hope I get to keep seeing them year after year. <3 The sort of friends you find and then hold onto for a lifetime.