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 entire length of the Rideau Canal Skateway is open. Please use caution if you are skating this afternoon as the ice surface is soft. Last night, all sections of the Skateway were swept and flooded. A mid-day sweep was also completed in the area between the Concord Rest Area and Dows Lake.

Last updated : February 18, 2018 at 1:48 pm

Status From - To Length
Poor Rideau Locks (NAC) - Mackenzie-King Bridge 0.2 km
Poor MacKenzie-King Bridge - Laurier Bridge 0.2 km
Poor Laurier Bridge - Corktown Footbridge / Somerset 0.4 km
Poor Corktown Footbridge / Somerset - Concord Street 0.6 km
Poor Concord Street - Pretoria Bridge 0.65 km
Poor Pretoria Bridge - Fifth Ave 0.8 km
Poor Patterson Creek - Patterson Creek 0.3 km
Poor Fifth Ave - Pig Island 0.7 km
Poor Pig Island - Bank Street Bridge 0.45 km
Poor Bank Street Bridge - Bronson Bridge 1.0 km
Poor Bronson Bridge - Dows Lake 0.2 km
Poor Dows Lake - Dows Lake 1.7 km
Poor 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 entire length of the Rideau Canal Skateway is open. Please use caution if you are skating this afternoon as the ice surface is soft. Last night, all sections of the Skateway were swept and flooded. A mid-day sweep was also completed in the area between the Concord Rest Area and Dows Lake.

Last updated : February 18, 2018 at 1:48 pm
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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.