Earlier this week I was asked by the Scottish Government to cover for them the Great Canadian Kilt Skate which would be held in conjunction with Winterlude. So this morning in -30C hundreds of skaters in their kilts and tartans congregated on the Rideau Canal to honour the bicentennial of Canada's first Prime Minister: Sir John A. MacDonald and his Scottish heritage. I wondered what the skaters would be wearing under their kilts on a day like today? While there were a few hardy souls with bare knees, many were wearing tights and long-johns.
They skated towards Confederation Park where the Mayor of Ottawa proclaimed it Sir John A. MacDonald Day. Festivities included some Highland Dancers and cake was served. The event was organized by the Scottish Society of Ottawa and similar skates were held in Montreal, Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Calgary.
Many thanks to #Fujifilm Canada for lending their newly released #16-55 F2.8 and the 50-140 lens. They both worked flawlessly in the cold!