Rideau Canal Skateway

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 of Canada’s Capital, Ottawa, 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 Canada’s 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 NissanChartwell, Claridge, Telus, Scotiabank, Moneris, WSP, GGFL, the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada / ServicePlus and Canal Ritz Restaurant.