At 8 am tomorrow, Friday, January 11, the National Capital Commission (NCC) will open a 7.2-kilometre section of the Rideau Canal Skateway, between the Laurier Bridge and Hartwells Locks, including all of the Dows Lake area.

The NCC Ice Safety Committee has deemed that this section of the Rideau Canal Skateway is safe for skating.

The Rideau Canal Skateway team will continue working to open the last section of the Skateway, from the Rideau rest area to the Laurier Bridge, as soon as ice conditions are safe and weather permits. In the meantime, the NCC asks that the public not venture onto this closed section of the Skateway.

Managed by the NCC since the 1970–1971 season, the 7.8-kilometre Rideau Canal Skateway receives, on average, close to one million visits every year; or 21,000 visits each day that it is open.

The 49th season of the Rideau Canal Skateway was officially launched on the morning of December 30, 2018, when the 2.7-kilometre section between the Pretoria Bridge and Bank Street Bridge, including Patterson Creek, opened. A second one-kilometre section, from the Bank Street Bridge to the Bronson Bridge, opened on the morning of Friday, January 4.

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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).