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Rideau Canal Skateway, Winter

Rideau Canal Skateway

Winter 2022, dates to be announced (weather permitting)

Follow 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.

Due to COVID-19, some changes are in effect for the 2021 season: It is recommended that you visit during off-peak times, wear a mask, avoid crowds, and bring a bag to carry your belongings. Heated change rooms, rentals and concessions (including BeaverTails) are closed. Washrooms are open (limited capacity; masks required.)

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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