Welcoming the Winter Solstice

For thousands of years, First Nation people noted the shift in seasons. To acknowledge the cycles, our people celebrate the longest night (A.K.A. Winter Solstice). It’s a time of renewal. A time to reflect on the year that passed and on the year to come.

A few facts about Canadian winters:

snow-21979_1920Did you know that Winnipeg and Yellowknife were named as 2 of the top 5 coldest cities in the world according to AccuWeather in 2016? The title of the snowiest cities, however, went to Saguenay, Quebec City and St. John’s.

Did you know that Ottawa’s Rideau Canal is the largest ice rink with a surface area equal to 90 Olympic skating rinks? As a child, I remember going to skate on the Rideau Canal with school. I loved to skate on my own, people watching, day dreaming and simply enjoying the moment. That is probably why the school bus left without me at the end of the day. Oops. No harm was done. The teachers did a second head count and noticed I was missing. They came back and found me before I noticed anything had gone awry.

 

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