Rideau Canal Skateway

The National Capital Commission (NCC) wishes to advise the public that the Rideau Canal Skateway is officially closed for the season. What a great season we’ve had! For the first time in a decade, the Skateway opened before New Year’s Day on December 31, and lasted 71 days. Because of the consistent cold weather, we were able to offer 58 skating days (including a stretch of 38 consecutive days that overlapped with all three weekends of Winterlude). Overall, this season saw more than 1, 200, 000 visits on the Skateway.

A highlight of winter in Ottawa is the Rideau Canal Skateway, the world’s largest skating rink. Skate through the heart of downtown Ottawa on the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Skateway is 7.8 kilometres long, and begins just steps from Canada’s Parliament Buildings. The scenic skating rink extends to Dows Lake. In between, warm up at rest areas, where there are toasty fires, hot drinks and tasty snacks.

When the temperature drops this winter, it’s time to celebrate! A cold snap is exactly what’s needed to create the Rideau Canal Skateway. Typically, the Skateway opens in January and, in February, many activities take place on the frozen canal during Winterlude.

See you on the ice!