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The Rideau Canal Skateway is now closed for the season.

The Rideau Canal Skateway closed for the season on Sunday, February 25, 2024, at 10 pm.

Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy the Skateway and to our concessions and hard working crews who made the most of challenging weather conditions. See you next winter!

When the Skateway is open, ice conditions are updated twice daily, at approximately 8 am and 4 pm. For all other questions, contact us.

Ice Conditions By Section

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Ice Condition Definitions

  • Limited number of pressure cracks
  • Overall ice is very hard and durable
  • Clean ice with a smooth surface
  • Very good gliding surface
  • Limited number of rough areas
  • A few pressure cracks
  • Hard ice surface
  • Clean ice with a number of smooth surface areas
  • Good gliding surface
  • Some patchy or rough areas
  • Many pressure cracks
  • Worn/soft ice surface, due to mild temperatures
  • Snow accumulation on the ice or/and a “pebbled” surface
  • Poor gliding surface
  • Numerous pressure cracks, due to mild temperatures
  • Soft ice surface with several rough or “soft/wet spots”
  • Risk of skate blades digging in and “scarring” the surface

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