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Rideau Canal Skateway, Winter

Rideau Canal Skateway

January 14 - February 28, 2022 (weather permitting)

Follow Rideau Canal Skateway

The entire length of the Rideau Canal Skateway is open for skating as of January 14, 2022! Please note the following updates for the 2022 season due to COVID-19:

  • Keep 2 metres from others and visit during off-peak times if possible to avoid crowds
  • Follow indicated directions at staircases
  • Wear a mask (required indoors and in lineups at concessions)
  • Bring a bag to carry your belongings

What’s open :

  • Skate rentals
  • Food and beverage concession stands (including BeaverTails)
  • Washrooms (limited capacity)

What’s closed:

  • Changing facilities
  • Fire pits

About the Rideau Canal Skateway:

Go skating on the world's largest skating rink which winds its way through downtown Ottawa! Each winter, from roughly January to late February or early March, Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site transforms into an epic urban skating rink.

When open (weather permitting), the Rideau Canal Skateway is free and accessible 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Anyone can explore any section of the 7.8 kilometres (4.8 miles) thanks to its universally accessible ramps and facilities. Non-skaters can walk or shuffle along the edges of the Skateway (away from skaters), or on the pathways above the canal. Visit the Skateway website for updated reports on ice conditions.

 

Rideau Canal Skateway

Rideau Canal Skateway

Rideau Canal: starting at the National Arts Centre (downtown Ottawa)
Ottawa ON
Canada

Rideau Canal Skateway

Rideau Canal Skateway

Rideau Canal: starting at the National Arts Centre (downtown Ottawa)
Ottawa ON
Canada

Rideau Canal Skateway

Rideau Canal Skateway

Rideau Canal: starting at the National Arts Centre (downtown Ottawa)
Ottawa ON
Canada

Rideau Canal Skateway

Rideau Canal Skateway

Rideau Canal: starting at the National Arts Centre (downtown Ottawa)
Ottawa ON
Canada

More Details

Address
Rideau Canal: starting at the National Arts Centre (downtown Ottawa) Ottawa
Local
Toll Free
Accessibility: Entry
Partial
Accessibility: Washrooms
Partial
Dates & Hours of Operation
Information about Skateway conditions is updated daily at 7 am and 1 pm. To check conditions, visit the website or call 613-239-5234.Universally accessible heated change rooms: Sunday to Thursday, 8 am to 10 pm; Friday and Saturday, 8 am to 11 pm
Distance to Shaw Centre (km)
0.1
Distance to Parliament Hill (km)
0.5
Distance to airport (km)
0.0
Admission (regular adult price)
Free
Coach Parking
Within two blocks

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