The Rideau Canal Skateway is currently closed.
The NCC is preparing for the 49th skating season on the Rideau Canal Skateway. We urge everyone to keep personal safety in mind and to remain off the Skateway as the ice is dangerously thin. The Skateway typically opens in early January. The ice thickness must measure at least 30 centimetres (12 inches) to accommodate the weight of the public. The NCC will officially launch the skating season once the ice conditions are safe and weather permits.Last updated : December 14, 2018 at 9:39 am
|Status||From - To||Length|
|Closed||Rideau Locks (NAC) - Mackenzie-King Bridge||0.2 km|
|Closed||MacKenzie-King Bridge - Laurier Bridge||0.2 km|
|Closed||Laurier Bridge - Corktown Footbridge / Somerset||0.4 km|
|Closed||Corktown Footbridge / Somerset - Concord Street||0.6 km|
|Closed||Concord Street - Pretoria Bridge||0.65 km|
|Closed||Pretoria Bridge - Fifth Ave||0.8 km|
|Closed||Patterson Creek - Patterson Creek||0.3 km|
|Closed||Fifth Ave - Pig Island||0.7 km|
|Closed||Pig Island - Bank Street Bridge||0.45 km|
|Closed||Bank Street Bridge - Bronson Bridge||1.0 km|
|Closed||Bronson Bridge - Dows Lake||0.2 km|
|Closed||Dows Lake - Dows Lake||1.7 km|
|Closed||Dows Lake - Hartwells Locks||0.6 km|
The Skateway winds its way through the heart of Ottawa, over a total length of 7.8 kilometres, stretching from downtown to Dows Lake.
The NCC also wishes to acknowledge the participation of the Friends of the Rideau Canal Skateway. Their contribution, in addition to other partners, provides visitors with an unparalleled winter experience. Thanks to Cityscape, Dalmen Windows and Doors, the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada and Canal Ritz Restaurant.