Calgary and Saskatoon set their dates

The temperature is dropping to minus 19 in Ottawa tonight.  There is hope yet that the Rideau Canal Skateway will be open for our kilt skate on January 16.  The National Capital Commission that manages the Skateway won't let the public on the ice until it's strong enough to support about 10,000 people. Here's a picture of how the canal looks today, covered in snow.

  The Rideau Canal not-yet-skateway as seen from the Bank Street Bridge.

The Rideau Canal not-yet-skateway as seen from the Bank Street Bridge.

In the meantime, the partner cities from the 1st Annual Sir John A's Great Canadian Kilt Skate are making their plans known for the 2016 event. 

Saskatoon will host its kilt skate on January 31. In addition to the Wintershines event page, they've launched a Facebook page.

Calgary will host the kiltskate on January 16.  They've created a poster which we hope we'll be able to post on this website shortly.

Thanks to everyone who has responded so enthusiastically to this web site. Share it with your friends. Set up hyperlinks with your own sites. And by all means, if you're inspired to organize a kilt skate this winter, turn to us for help, advice, and publicity.

We've got a couple of weeks to use it to gain momentum for this year's kilt skate.  But I'll let you in on a secret:  we're going to use it in a big way when it comes to kilt skating our celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary -- and that's coming up next year.