The canal proved inspirational for the kids, too: Despite the EXTREME cold in Ottawa this weekend, Alex and Tatsy were not deterred from a second skate, the next morning at 7 a.m.! (Simon and I slept in.)
After breakfast, Tats took both boys across the bridge to Quebec, where they partook of the Winterlude festivities happening there.
There we spent an hour or so before heading back out into the bitter cold and returning to our hotel for the evening.
Although the boys found it "cool" that one of their moms was giving this guy a piece of her mind, and couldn't wait to share the story with friends at school, I decided to take a less in-your-face approach: Next on my to-do list is finding the contact info for the permit office so that I can inquire about why -- in a country that has legalized marriage equality for over a decade -- I have to explain to my children why some strange man standing on the hill of a parliament building whose property maintenance my tax dollars contribute to is allowed to publicly pronounce his personal problem with the moral fabric of our family! (Despite the fellow's insistence that he is entitled to a different opinion than mine, I'm assuming the permit office doesn't issue protest permits to good Canadians whose opinions promote the segregation of blacks and whites, say, or the killing of all Muslims or Christians. Just sayin'!!!!)
Since this weekend also marked Canada's 50th anniversary of our flag, the boys mused that we should sign up for the waiting list (currently 15 000 names, or approximately 42 years, long!) for a flag -- apparently each day a new flag is raised on parliament hill, and the preceding day's flag presented to a Canadian citizen who has expressed interest in receiving one.
While Tats headed back to the canal for a third and final skate (almost the full 8 km, and a coffee and a beaver tail all to herself!), the boys and I relaxed in the hotel lobby with some free wifi followed by lunch.
Our next and final stop was the Nature Museum, not unlike the Museum of Natural Science which we had visited while in BsAs last year.
Happy Family Day Weekend, everyone!