Dominique Jolicoeur

Content Strategist

Monday, January 14, 2019 1:41 pm

Each winter, the NCC’s ice experts work hard to transform the historic Rideau Canal into the world’s largest skating rink. Here are a few things to try on the Rideau Canal Skateway this year.

Skate the entire length of the Rideau Canal

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 Skateway’s surface is larger than 140 National Hockey League rinks!

And don’t forget Patterson Creek — it’s the Skateway’s hidden gem.

Rent a tricycle

The ice is not just for skates. New this year, you can rent a tricycle for two from the Rideau rental location to experience the Skateway in a new way.

You can also rent one of the red sleighs which are perfect for carrying your belongings, to bring along friends and family who can't skate or to give your legs a break. Don't forget to bring a blanket to stay warm.

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Beat the rush hour traffic

Use the Skateway to commute to school or work. It’s a great way to get your daily workout. A uniquely Canadian experience!

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Stop at one of the rest areas

Stop at one of the four rest areas along the Skateway. They offer various services and amenities, including heated change rooms, washrooms, fire pits, food and beverage vendors, and picnic tables.

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Get a Beavertail 

Most people will tell you that the Skateway experience isn’t complete without one of these popular freshly made pastries. Be sure to keep an eye on the @NCC_Skateway Twitter feed for a chance to win a free Beavertail!

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