Rideau Canal Skateway

The World’s Largest Skating Rink

Each winter, the historic Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, becomes the Rideau Canal Skateway, the world’s largest skating rink. The Skateway winds its way through the heart of Ottawa, over a total length of 7.8 kilometres, stretching from downtown to Dows Lake.

Since the 1970s, the NCC’s and other ice experts have worked together to create this popular attraction, striving continually to improve the ice quality. Typically, the skating season runs from January until late February. In February, many activities take place on the Skateway during Winterlude.


See the Rideau Canal Skateway Visitor Information page for more information about the services available on the Skateway.