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It seems that the frigid air and extreme temperatures in Ottawa have finally proven to be too great, as the...

It seems that the frigid air and extreme temperatures in Ottawa have finally proven to be too great, as the renowned ice rink on Parliament Hill was closed early Wednesday morning in accordance with the extreme cold alert that has ripped through most of the country.

Opened on December 7th, the multi-million dollar outdoor skating rink has since welcomed a spectacle of guests from across the country for some winter fun, including the 19th annual Bell Capital hockey tournament. However, due to the early morning cold snap with temperatures of -22 degrees with a -27 degrees wind chill, the ice rink grew brittle causing it to crack, chip and break. The tournament has since been moved indoors to the Cavanagh Sensplex, in hopes of protecting the safety of the tournament's participating skaters. 

Environment Canada issued an extreme cold warning Wednesday morning, and if temperatures like these continue, it is safe to say the rink will remain closed for the remainder of the week.