Rideau Canal Skateway

Each winter, the historic Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, becomes the Rideau Canal Skateway, the world’s largest skating rink.

The World’s Largest Skating Rink

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Ice Conditions

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.

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Rentals

Rent skates and equipment on the Skateway.

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Rest Areas

Visit one of the five rest areas along the Skateway.

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Parking

Free and paid parking is available near the Skateway.

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Ice Conditions

Ice Conditions

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
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Safety

Read our safety tips for an enjoyable skate.

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Universal Access

Universally accessible services are available along the Skateway.

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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 CityscapeDalmen Windows and Doors, the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada and Canal Ritz Restaurant.