Rideau Canal Skateway: Bronson Avenue Bridge to Hartwells Locks section is open

Rideau Canal Skateway
Rideau Canal Skateway


A total of 6.7 kilometres of the Rideau Canal Skateway is now available to skaters. The section between Bronson Avenue Bridge and Hartwells Locks, including Dows Lake is open.

NOTE: The 1.1 kilometre section between Bank Street Bridge and Bronson Avenue Bridge will remain closed as the ice is still too thin. The public is asked not to venture onto closed sections of the Skateway.

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 and the 2.4-kilometre section between the Bronson Street Bridge and the Hartwells Locks have reached the required thickness and are 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.

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Jean Wolff

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