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curiousx Dec 10th, 2002 09:18 AM

Ottawa canal watchers !
 
Hey hey, going to work today and I saw the crews out on the Canal clearing off the snow. They're not using any heavy equipment yet but everyone is hoping for an early start to the skating season. <BR><BR>There has to be some compensation for the unseasonably bitter weather !

Sherry Dec 12th, 2002 05:39 AM

Lets hope this wasnt the same truck that fell in!! Guess its not quite ready yet :)

Rockfan Jan 2nd, 2003 09:51 AM

Need a few hotel names ...<BR><BR>I'm going to Ottawa on the 23rd for the Rock vs Rebel lacrosse game ... looking for a hotel downtown near the canal for $100CDN (hoping to get some skating in before the game)

curiousx Jan 2nd, 2003 10:20 AM

Cartier Place Suites Hotel is about $95US a night, plus taxes. It's at 180 Cooper St., a very short walk to the Canal - which is starting to look good but is not yet ready for blades.

curiousx Jan 3rd, 2003 04:52 AM

The canal is now open. Ice condition is fair to good. However it is really cold.<BR><BR>A better bet for a hotel, than the one I posted in my last message, is the Ramada at 111 Cooper. Closer to the canal and rates start at $69.

Rockfan Jan 4th, 2003 04:49 AM

Thanks for the advice.<BR><BR>I'm considering booking the Ramada.<BR><BR>I booked the Howard Johnson for $76CDN including full breakfast, but can't find reviews anywhere, sounds too good to be true (I was told older HoJo properties aren't very good)

curiousx Jan 4th, 2003 07:47 AM

The Howard Johnson used to be the Roxborough Hotel and before that it was a YWCA, so you have some idea what to expect. The location is fine - not as close to the Canal as the Ramada but close enough, also a bit closer to other downtown amenities and sight-seeing stops.


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