Rideau Canal Skateway

December 30, 2018

February 28, 2019

FREE

Rideau Canal, Ottawa

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Events Description

Every year during winter months, Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site welcomes visitors from all over the world to skate the 7.8 kilometers stretching from the downtown Ottawa to Hartwells Locks. The total ice surface is equivalent to more than 140 National Hockey League rinks, or more than 122 Olympic-sized hockey rinks (223,400 square metres).

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HOW MUCH

FREE to Skate

Skate Rentals start at $13 for child for one hour.

Sleigh rentals are also available.

WHEN & WHERE

Skateway opened on December 30, 2018. The 2.5-km section opened on Dec 30 includes Pretoria Bridge – Fifth Ave, Patterson Creek – Patterson Creek, Fifth Ave – Pig Island, Pig Island – Bank Street Bridge.

Skateway when open, is accessible 24 hours a day and the skating season runs from early January until early March.

Services are available in the open sections of the Skateway until 10 pm or 11 pm, depending on the day.

WHERE:

The total length of the skateway is 7.8 kilometres, stretching from downtown Ottawa to Hartwells Locks. There are 13 sections. The open sections varies depending on weather.

SEE HERE FOR THE INTERACTIVE MAP of OPEN AREAS

Rest areas (Rideau Street, Fifth, Bronson Avenue, Dows Lake) offers change rooms, washrooms, fire pits, food and beverage vendors, and picnic tables.

Skate Rentals are available at Dows Lake Pavilion, Rideau (under Mackenzie King Bridge) and Fifth Avenue (between the 3rd and 4th km marker).

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