Skating on the Rideau Canal


Each winter the Rideau Canal becomes the world’s largest skating rink. A unforgettable activity for families in Ottawa!

Skating on the Rideau Canal

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:

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