Ice Sculptures, Lunch & Friends – an outing to remember

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 By: Sarah Byrne, Senior’s Physical Activity Promoter at Mills Community Support

On February 15th, 16 seniors boarded a bus and traveled to Winterlude!  The outing was organized by Home Support, Mills Community Support.

Ottawa had perfect weather with a few little flurries throughout the day for a special touch.  The participants had an opportunity to walk around Confederation Park admiring the intricate ice sculptures which were on display.  Some people even sat in a chair made of ice!  The beautiful creations were carved by sculptors from all over the world and were submitted as entries into the Roger’s Crystal Garden International Ice-Carving Competition.

Participants Gertrude Fulton, Jennie Munro, and Valma Bolger admire the ice sculptures.

Several seniors treated themselves to hot Beavertail pastries as well – too good to resist!

After leaving Confederation Park, volunteer driver Debbi O’Malley took the participants sightseeing to view some of the historic architecture downtown including the Chateau Laurier, The Lord Elgin Hotel, and Canada Revenue Agency National Headquarters.  Participants also got a look at the new “Rink of Dreams” in front of Ottawa City Hall.  The tour then drove past the Ottawa River, 24 Sussex Drive, and into the Rockliffe Park neighbourhood.

It was back to Dow’s Lake for lunch at the Dow’s Lake Pavilion.  Everyone enjoyed a hearty meal at Malone’s Lakeside Grill, with a view of the skaters on the lake.  The day was very enjoyable; complete with fresh air, interesting sights, good food and companionship.

Home Support organizes trips and activities like this at least once and sometimes twice a month.  The next trip will be on Wednesday Feb 29th to Pembroke for a scenic drive, shopping and lunch “up the valley”.

For more information about trips, activities and support services, area residents can sign up to receive the quarterly newsletter by calling Home Support at 613-256-4700.  Hope to hear from you!