What to Do, Where to Stay in Ottawa
GETTING THERE: Air Canada and United operate 90-minute nonstop flights between Washington's Reagan National and Dulles, and Ottawa, Ontario, starting at about $325 round trip.
WHERE TO STAY: As a major city, Ottawa offers a wide array of accommodations. The city's historic Fairmont Chateau Laurier (1 Rideau St., 613-241-1414 or 866-540-4410, http:/
WHERE TO EAT: Look for special Winterlude prix-fixe menus in Ottawa's top restaurants (check out http:/
ABOUT THE CANAL: Access to the Rideau Canal Skateway is free. It is generally open from late December to early March. Skate rentals (about $13.50 for the first two hours, $6.75 per hour afterward) are available every day at both ends of the skateway (Capital Skates, on the skateway near Mackenzie King Bridge, and near Fifth Avenue, 613-232-8049). Five rest stops along the ice offer food concessions and restrooms. Call 613-239-5234 for regularly updated information on ice conditions.
WHAT TO DO: Winterlude, Feb. 6-22, showcases Canada's unique winter culture, with activities in and around Ottawa. Families with children shouldn't miss the Snowflake Kingdom in nearby Gatineau, a fairy-tale-like playground.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Ottawa Tourism (613-237-5150 or 800-363-4465, http:/