The Rideau Canal Skateway extends from downtown Ottawa to the Hartwells Locks, including Dows Lake. From one end to the other, there are about 30 staircases and 5 universal access ramps leading to the skating rink. 

Light rail transit (O-Train) stations and parking areas — free and paid — are located near the Skateway entrances.

Reminder: The Rideau Canal Skateway is weather dependent. Make sure the entrance you choose leads to an open stretch of the Skateway.

Recommended access points

The entrances listed below are located near parking lots or public transit. There are other entrances along the Rideau Canal Skateway. Use the interactive map presented by LiUNA! to see them all (zoom in for more details).

EntranceO-Train stationParking lots
Rideau*RideauRideau Centre ($)
Mackenzie King West*Parliament

National Arts Centre ($)

Ottawa City Hall ($)

World Exchange Plaza (free on weekends)

Somerset EastuOttawaUniversity of Ottawa (K) ($)
ConcorduOttawaUniversity of Ottawa (Mann) ($)

Temporary alternate entrance south of Pretoria Bridge

N/AO'Connor & Pretoria ($)
Holmwood*N/ALansdowne ($)
FifthN/ALansdowne ($)

Bronson Avenue ($)



Dows Lake ($)

Norman & Booth (free on weekends and weeknights)

CarletonCarleton University 5A-B ($)

* Universally accessible entrances

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