Rideau Canal Skateway

| December 29, 2012


Visit the NCC’s website at www.canadascapital.gc.ca/skateway to find out when the Rideau Canal Skateway is open.

“Skating on the Rideau Canal Skateway is truly a Capital experience. The NCC is very proud to offer this experience to close to one million skaters who enjoy this UNESCO World Heritage Site each year,” said Michelle Comeau, Senior Vice-President, Environment, Capital Lands and Parks at the NCC . “The NCC Skateway team have used their expertise to nudge nature along and to allow today’s launch of the season.”

The NCC performed intense flooding on the ice surface over the past two weeks, and ice tests were conducted along the entire length of the Rideau Canal Skateway. The NCC Ice Safety Committee deemed that the 2.2 kilometres of ice between the Bank Street Bridge and the Pretoria Bridge reached the required thickness and is of good quality. Skaters can access this section of the Skateway by using various access points between the Bank Street Bridge and the Pretoria Bridge.

The Rideau Canal Skateway team will continue working to provide a safe and pleasant skating experience. The NCC plans to open other sections of the world’s largest skating rink as soon as ice conditions are safe and weather permits. The public is asked not to venture onto the closed sections of the Skateway.

Managed by the NCC since the 1970-1971 season, the 7.8-kilometre Rideau Canal Skateway receives, on average, one million visits each year. The world-famous ice surface becomes one of the official sites for Winterlude, the Capital’s winter celebration, which will be held from February 1 to 18, 2013.

Download the iPhone Rideau Canal Skateway application, which provides ice conditions, a Skateway map, services available and more.

For more information about the Rideau Canal Skateway, please contact the NCC at

Throughout the season, recorded information about skating conditions can be obtained by calling 613-239-5234 .

Photo credit: Canada’s Capital – Capitale du Canada / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

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