The conditions of the ice were not too bad - a few pressure cracks that were mostly ruts and snow on the ice. It was like skating on the ice after a full period of hockey. There were lots of skaters on the canal even though it was -23C with a wind chill plus the extra wind chill created when skating.
Another "bucket list" item crossed off for Mr. P.
Here we are at the end of the canal near the NAC and the Parliament buildings. I think the photo reflects how cold it was.