Winterlude: My First #Instameet

This past weekend marked the opening of Winterlude, Ottawa’s annual winter carnival. The two week event showcases everything the city has to offer during the coldest months and how Canadian’s embrace Old Man Winter with open arms.

Here’s my new friend @littlemissottawa doing what she does best. If you want to know about anything that goes on in this town, give her a follow.

Rideau Canal at Winterlude

To mark the opening of the event, Ottawa Tourism hosted an Instagram meetup for local Instagrammers… of which I am one, and you’re welcome to follow me here. And since the vast majority of you reading this don’t live here, we left the Tourism office at 1pm and the temp was -31 degrees celcius. Try to tell me we’re not a dedicated group. Also joining us for the day were two HUGE Instagram superstars, Australian travel phogographer Lauren Bath; and Kael (aka @punkodelish) of Ottawa, and now Toronto. Here’s Lauren capturing Kael as she enjoys some tasty treats on the Canal skateway.

punkodelish & Lauren Bath

That’s right, the gloves still come off at -31 Celcius; These are some touch ladies.

We spent the afternoon walking along the Rideau Canal as thousands of people skated past, marvelled at the amazing display of ice sculptures in the Ice Crystal Garden, watched lumberjack demonstrations, drank maple tea and ate maple toffee, and listened to some fantastic live traditional Irish music.

Winterlude 2015

Since I don’t get out as much as I’d like to shoot, I’m going to spread the images I captured over the next couple of weeks, but I hope to get back out with my family a couple times before it ends.

 

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5 comments

  1. Yikes, Shane! I can’t even comprehend what that must feel like! Though having said that, I just got my power back on after 5 hours without electricity from a wind storm. Thank goodness for our fireplace as it was getting colder by the minute! Love your pictures, you brave should, you. Looking forward to seeing what else you enjoyed 🙂

    1. Stacy, it’s all about layering. If you dress properly you don’t even feel it. However, it does make photography a little more difficult. Glad to hear you’ve regained power. You don’t wan to be without it for long at this time of year.

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