Winter on the Rideau Canal

Rideau Canal National Historic Site

Please note: Parks Canada is not responsible for operating the Rideau Canal Skateway. For any questions related to the Skateway, please visit the National Capital Commission website or telephone 613-239-5234

Skating on the Rideau Canal

Take a skate along the world's largest skating rink! Each winter the National Capitol Commission transforms the historic Rideau Canal into the 7.8-kilometre Rideau Canal Skateway. The world-famous skateway winds it way through the heart of Ottawa, stretching from downtown to Dows Lake.

The Rideau Canal skate season typically runs from January to late February. Check the ice conditions (613-239-5234) for up to date information.

Grab your skates and experience the Capital tradition of skating on the Rideau Canal!

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