Can I skate on the Rideau Canal?
Every winter the Rideau Canal transforms into the world’s largest naturally frozen skating rink. Welcoming nearly one million visitors each year (a daily average of 20,000 visitors), the skateway is 7.8 km long stretching from Ottawa downtown to Dows Lake.
When is the Canal transformed into a skating rink?
The Rideau Canal Skateway is available (weather dependent) from January to late February/early March.
What hours can I access the skating rink and is there a cost?
Once open for the season (weather permitting) it is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. There is no cost for using the rink.
Where can I rent skates?
What is the Winterlude Festival?
Created in 1979, Winterlude is a celebration of Canada’s unique northern culture and climate. Festival activities include (but are not limited to) ice skating, culture and live music shows along the Rideau Canal Skateway, ice sculpture competitions at Confederation Park, and skating and games for children at Jacques-Cartier Park. For more information, click here.