Rideau Canal Skateway welcomes skaters downtown!

Rideau Canal Skateway
Rideau Canal Skateway

Since 8am on January 29, 4.3 kilometres of the Rideau Canal Skateway, between the National Arts Centre and the Bank Street Bridge are open.

The 46th season of the Rideau Canal Skateway was officially launched on Saturday, January 23 when the section from Somerset Street to the Bank Street Bridge opened.

Ice Conditions and the Rideau Canal Skateway

The NCC Ice Safety Committee deemed that a 4.3-kilometre section of ice between the NAC and the Bank Street Bridge, has reached the required thickness and is safe for skating.

The NCC’s Rideau Canal Skateway team plans to open other sections of the world’s largest skating rink as soon as ice conditions are safe and weather permits. The public is asked not to venture onto closed sections of the Skateway.

The Rideau Canal, a National Historic Site of Canada and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is owned by Parks Canada. The Skateway portion, close to downtown Ottawa, has been managed by the NCC during the winter months since the 1970–1971 season.

The 7.8-kilometre Rideau Canal Skateway welcomes an average of 19,000 visits every day that it is open.

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), visit the NCC’s website at ncc-ccn.gc.ca/skateway, or follow us on Twitter @NCC_Skateway or Facebook. Throughout the season, recorded information about skating conditions can be obtained by calling 613-239-5234.

Media Information

Jasmine Leduc

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Strategic Communications Advisor
613-239-5678 ext. 5257 (office)
613-608-3119 (cellular)

Jean Wolff

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Senior Manager of Communications
613-239-5678 extension 5703 (office)
613-797-0279 (cellular)