Do not venture onto the Rideau Canal ice surface

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 (All day)

It is currently dangerous to venture onto the ice surface of the Rideau Canal. The 47th season of the Rideau Canal Skateway ended February 22, 2017.

The ice layer on the surface of the canal is shrinking. The water level beneath the ice surface varies from approximately one metre (three feet) to 4.3 metres (14 feet) deep along the length of the Rideau Canal, from downtown Ottawa to Dows Lake.

Water on the ice surface may hide serious hazards. The National Capital Commission urges the public to keep personal safety in mind. Respect the red flags, barricades and signs installed at access points.


  • The 47th skating season on the world’s largest skating rink started on January 14, 2017, and lasted 36 days (25 skating days).
  • The Rideau Canal Skateway recorded 619,720 visits this year, which is, on average, 24,789 visits per day that it was open.


Rideau Canal Skateway: The World’s Largest Skating Rink

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For more information about the Rideau Canal Skateway, please contact the NCC at 613-239-5000, 613-239-5090 (TTY), 1-800-465-1867 (toll-free) or 1-866-661-3530 (toll-free TTY).