Enjoy one more day on the Rideau Canal Skateway before a great season comes to a close

March 4, 2022

National Capital Region — With the temperature expected to rise to 11°C on Sunday, the National Capital Commission (NCC) is saddened to report that an exceptional season on the Rideau Canal Skateway will come to an end on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at 10 pm.

For the first time in over 20 years, skaters were able to enjoy the full 7.8 kilometres of this iconic experience in Canada’s #WinterCapital on the Skateway’s opening day. Since then, more than half a million skaters have enjoyed 41 skating days that saw the return of services, including skate rentals and food and beverage concession stands on the canal.

This season also marks the first year of the NCC’s partnership with Carleton University to identify strategies to adapt Skateway operations to the impacts of climate change. The deployment of probes to gather unique data points and findings will allow the NCC to be an industry leader in potential adaptation strategies. This will help ensure the long-term viability of the Rideau Canal Skateway.

The NCC urges the public not to venture onto the Skateway once it is closed. Please respect the barricades and obey the signs installed at access points.

And don’t despair! Winter isn’t quite over yet! The NCC invites everyone to embrace its increased #WinterCapital offering of over 450 km of trails for skiing, snowshoeing, snow biking, walking and hiking — and hills for tobogganing — throughout the National Capital Region.


The NCC thanks Parks Canada, which maintains and operates the Rideau Canal.    

The NCC is grateful for the support of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), presenting sponsor of the Rideau Canal Skateway.

It would also like to thank the Skateway volunteers and the following sponsors for their support: Rogers; LiUNA!, presenting sponsor of the Rideau Canal Skateway interactive map; Access Storage—Cubeit, the official provider of the Rideau Canal Skateway storage; CEECAM; and the Friends of the Rideau Canal Skateway (Nissan, Claridge, Chartwell, Telus, Scotiabank, WSP, Moneris, GGFL, the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada/ServicePlus and Canal Ritz restaurant).

The Rideau Canal Skateway: World’s Largest Skating Rink
National Capital Commission’s Climate Change Initiative
Blog: Tackling Climate Change on the Rideau Canal Skateway
Media Information:

Dominique Huras
NCC Media Relations