Rideau Hall Historic Skating Rink

February 22, 2021

March 14, 2021


Rideau Hall, Sussex Drive, Ottawa



Events Description

Visitors can enjoy a unique skating experience on Rideau Hall’s historic skating rink, which was first installed in the time of Lord Dufferin, governor general from 1872 to 1878.

Today, you can step back in time and go for a skate on this historic rink which is also now refrigerated.

Lace up your skates and leave your bags in this stunning heritage building, located next to the rink.

Due to COVID-19, the Winter Pavilion will be closed this season.

An outdoor space with a fire pit and picnic tables will be set up for visitors.

Who is it for?

All ages

The rink at Rideau Hall is for leisure skating only. Hockey sticks, pucks and roughhousing are not permitted.
Pets are not permitted at the facility



This year, due to public health restrictions, skating is available by reservation only. To ensure physical distancing, there is a maximum of 20 visitors allowed per time slot. Please note that the rink may be shared with other groups of visitors.

Reservation Procedures

Reservations are accepted on a month-by-month basis. Visitors must submit their request via email to reserve a date and time slot within that month. Please include a phone number and the number of people in your reservation.

  • Reservations for December will be open as of November 16, 2020
  • Reservation for January will be open as of December 1, 2020.
  • Reservations for February will be open as of January 4, 2021.
  • Reservation for March will be open as of February 1, 2021.

How to Reserve?

Reservations will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, as each time slot can only accommodate a maximum of 20 visitors. Please send an email to guide@gg.ca to reserve.


Date & Time:

The schedule may vary during the season according to weather conditions.Verify before travelling.

December 11, 2020, to March 14, 2021 (weather-permitting)

Open daily, for a 1.5 hour timeslot between 10 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., by reservation only. Timeslots are available at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. or 6 p.m.

The skating rink will be closed on December 25 and 26, 2020, as well as January 1, 2 and 3, 2021.


Venue : Rideau Hall, 1 Sussex Drive, Ottawa

Trip Planning
On-site parking is not available. Parking is available on the adjacent streets in the neighborhood.
For reservations at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., or 2 p.m., please enter on foot through the Sussex Gate. For reservations at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., please enter on foot through the Princess Gate.
Public transit accessible

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