Rideau Canal Skateway

Red flag

The Skateway will not open this winter.

Despite all the efforts by our teams, our latest ice tests show that the Rideau Canal Skateway remains unsafe for skating.

We share everyone’s disappointment with this outcome. We already look forward to welcoming you to the world’s largest skating rink next winter.

Each winter, the NCC transforms the historic Rideau Canal into the world’s largest skating rink. The Rideau Canal Skateway winds its way through the heart National Capital over a total length of 7.8 km. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rideau Canal in winter becomes a treasure that is the pride of the National Capital and a signature destination.

The skating season typically runs from January to early March, but it is weather-dependent. When open, the Skateway is free and accessible 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.


The NCC also wishes to acknowledge the participation of the Friends of the Rideau Canal Skateway. Their contribution, in addition to that of other partners, provides an unparalleled winter experience for visitors. Thanks to ChartwellTelus, Scotiabank, Moneris, WSP, GGFL, the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada / ServicePlus and Canal Ritz Restaurant.

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