Best Places to go Skating in the Ottawa Area


Lace up your skates and enjoy Canada’s favorite activity in one of these great skating spots!

Rideau Canal Skateway: The Rideau Canal is a 7.8km skateway stretching from downtown to Dows Lake.

5 rest areas are available on the canal, they include:

  • washrooms
  • heated change rooms open from 8am to 10pm Sunday to Thursday and from 8am to 11pm Fridays and Saturdays
  • fire pits to warm up
  • food and beverage vendors
  • picnic areas

It’s also possible to rent skates and sleighs at Dows Lake and the CIBC Fifth Rest Area.

For more information and for daily ice conditions:

Canada 150 Rink: The Canada 150 Rink will be open from December 7th 2017 to February 28th 2018. Skating passes are FREE and must be reserved online 48h in advance.

For more information on Canada 150 Rink or to book your passes, the official website.

Sens Rink of Dreams: The Sens Rink of Dreams is open everyday from 6am to 11pm (if the weather permits) and should remain open until the end of March.

There is also a heated changing facility that is open everyday from 8am to 11pm.
However, make sure you bring your own skates because there are no skate rental services available.
To check if the rink of dreams is open today, the city of Ottawa website.

Rideau Hall Skating Rink: Come enjoy this great skating rink originally built in 1872 that is part of Canada’s heritage.
The rink will be opened from January 28th to March 26th 2017 and offers public skating every weekend from noon to 5pm.

Skateway through the Forest: Come enjoy 3km of icetrails at the skateway through the forest in the heart of Lac des Loups

The skateway is located at 9 Montée Beausoleil in Lac des loups, Quebec, about 45 minutes from downtown Ottawa and is open every day from 10am to 4pm. Check out their Facebook page for ice conditions.

This family friendly 3 km icetrail includes rest areas for visitors to enjoy the scenery and wild animals. A heated building is also on site where hot beverages are available.

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