The 47th season of the Rideau Canal Skateway is over

Rideau Canal Skateway closed

The mild weather and the forecast of the mild nights will cause considerable deterioration of the ice on the Rideau Canal Skateway, to the extent that it will not be possible to restore the surface for skating. The National Capital Commission must, therefore, officially close the Rideau Canal Skateway today for the season.

The NCC’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Mark Kristmanson, thanked the Rideau Canal Skateway teams, the contractors who worked on preparing and maintaining the ice, the concessionaires, and the skate patrol for their hard work and dedication in welcoming thousands of people from far and wide who came to enjoy the Skateway, the emblem of winter in Canada’s Capital.

The NCC is delighted that the Skateway was open almost the entire time during Winterlude, the Capital Region’s winter celebration.

WARNING: Warmer temperatures and sunshine have deteriorated the ice surface and, in some places, the ice thickness as well. Water on the ice surface may hide serious hazards. The NCC urges the public to keep personal safety in mind and remain off the Skateway, as it is now closed. Observe the red flags, barricades and signs installed at Skateway access points. NCC staff and contractors will be working over the next few days to dismantle the equipment and infrastructure used in Skateway operations.


  • 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.
  • With over 9,000 Twitter (@NCC_Skateway) and more than 53,000 Facebook followers of the Rideau Canal Skateway, social media was a popular way for the public to share their experiences, pictures and feedback.
  • Be sure to follow us for the 2017–2018 season updates.
  • The NCC has managed and maintained the Rideau Canal Skateway since the first skating season in 1970–1971. The Rideau Canal, a National Historic Site of Canada and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is owned by Parks Canada,


The NCC proudly thanks Parks Canada, which maintains and operates the Rideau Canal.

The NCC is grateful for the support of the following sponsors for the Rideau Canal Skateway: CIBC, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), Nokia, Pepsi, BeaverTails® pastry, CEECAM, Access Storage Canada, and Cubeit.


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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).