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

Partially open
-7oC
 

Ice Conditions

The Rideau Canal Skateway is open between Somerset Street and the Hartwell Locks, including Patterson Creek and Dows Lake. The entire skateway was swept and flooded last night. Please use caution as there is a light dusting of snow on the ice surface. As of 8 am tomorrow morning (January 18), the full 7.8 km of the skateway will be open.
NOTICE: The Clegg Street access point remains temporarily closed.

Last updated : January 17, 2018 at 3:30 pm

Status From - To Length
Closed Rideau Locks (NAC) - Mackenzie-King Bridge 0.2 km
Closed MacKenzie-King Bridge - Laurier Bridge 0.19 km
Closed Laurier Bridge - Corktown Footbridge / Somerset 0.4 km
Good Corktown Footbridge / Somerset - Concord Street 0.57 km
Good Concord Street - Pretoria Bridge 0.65 km
Good Pretoria Bridge - Fifth Ave 0.48 km
Good Patterson Creek - Patterson Creek 0.3 km
Good Fifth Ave - Pig Island 0.83 km
Good Pig Island - Bank Street Bridge 0.7 km
Good Bank Street Bridge - Bronson Bridge 0.46 km
Good Bronson Bridge - Dows Lake 0.98 km
Good Dows Lake - Dows Lake 1.4 km
Good Dows Lake - Hartwells Locks 0.68 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 open between Somerset Street and the Hartwell Locks, including Patterson Creek and Dows Lake. The entire skateway was swept and flooded last night. Please use caution as there is a light dusting of snow on the ice surface. As of 8 am tomorrow morning (January 18), the full 7.8 km of the skateway will be open.
NOTICE: The Clegg Street access point remains temporarily closed.

Last updated : January 17, 2018 at 3:30 pm
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Safety

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Universal Access

Universally accessible services are available along the Skateway.

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Partners

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.