One of the things that was exciting about moving back to Ottawa was easy access to cross country ski trails. But we didn't know just how easy the trails would be to access. From home, we can ski straight along the river, to the pub, behind parliament, and almost straight to the market if we were so inclined, without having to get in the car and lug our gear up into the gatineau hills. 

This photo was from way back before all of the polar vortex craziness, when we were buried under snow. The river is so peaceful on Sunday afternoons.