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 downtown Ottawa, over a total length of 7.8 kilometres.

The skating season typically runs from early 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 other partners, provides visitors with an unparalleled winter experience. Thanks to Chartwell, Claridge, Telus, Scotia Bank, Moneris, WSP, GGFL, the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada / ServicePlus and Canal Ritz Restaurant.