We skated downtown to Confederation Park this morning, primarily to join in and see some of the Winterlude festivities that started just yesterday. From our house the length of the Rideau Canal to the city center is just over 4kms. The weather was absolutely amazing. At about the 2km mark I even had to take my coat and gloves off, because I was so hot. There's a huge program of places to go and things to see and do during the Winterlude Festival. This weekend we decided to check out the Chinese New Year celebrations, including dance performances, a traditional tea ceremony in an Asian yurt, original sounds created with Asian gongs and crystal bowls, a garden of lanterns, ice sculptures and a whole lot more! Lilah calls Saturday and Sunday "Family Day". And what a fabulous family day we had together!