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November December 2019

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ICY ESSENCE: Celebrate the 50th season of the Rideau Canal Skateway by taking the offi ce to Winterlude, which takes over down- town Ottawa-Gatineau from January 31 to February 17, 2020. COZY DIGS: Anchor yourselves at one of several hotels within a few minutes' walk of the Canal. The Westin has ample space for get- ting heads together, also handily connected to the Shaw Centre. Ottawa icon The Lord Elgin maintains a comfortable mix of old and new, and the elegant Fairmont Château Laurier has been a meet- ing hub since 1912. FROSTY FUN: The Rideau is the largest natural ice rink in the world and Capital Skates can rent you blades for the entire team. The Ice Dragon Boat Festival at Dow's Lake is an adventure in itself. You can also enjoy ice-carving demos, free concerts, a beer festival, a scavenger hunt and a bed race. CLINCHER: BeaverTails! OTTAWATOURISM.CA ICY ESSENCE: Though crush season is long past, the winter months in Niagara still delight visitors with icewine tastings and tours. COZY DIGS: Park yourself at any number of the quaint inns in Niagara-on-the-Lake or head to the big-brand hotels of Niagara Falls if you need more room to spread out. Fallsview Casino is always good for a steak and a show. FROSTY FUN: Peller Estates has its 10Below Ice Wine Bar, an igloo-like lounge kept at the same temperature for harvesting icewine grapes. Inniskillin's Icewine Experience incorporates cheese and chocolate, and Pillitteri Estates does an icewine tour and tasting that focuses on the history of icewine. CLINCHER: Niagara Falls is tunning in the win- ter, its icy mist enveloping ailings and trees. VISITNIAGARACANADA.COM/MEETINGS/ ICY ESSENCE: Celebrating its twentieth anniversary in 2020, the Ice Hotel at the Hôtel Valcartier winter playground 20 minutes north of Quebec City is a quintessentially Canadian overnight environment. COZY DIGS: With dramatically lit ice lounges, gleaming ice sculptures, wood-burning fi replaces, and drinks served in ice glasses, Hôtel de Glace is a unique spot to throw a cocktail party or challenge your team with an indoor-yet-outdoor adventure. FROSTY FUN: Winter activities in the Valcartier complex include inner tube slides, a skating trail, snow rafting (yes, that's a thing), ice-carving lessons and a good night's sleep in a sub- zero sleeping bag. CLINCHER: Bragging ights for years to come. VALCARTIER.COM Niagara S A M P L E S O M E I C E W I N E O awa S T R A P O N T H E B L A D E S Quebec City H AV E M A R T I N I S O N I C E November | December 2019 | Ignitemag.ca | 27

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