The entire length of the Rideau Canal Skateway awaits skaters

The National Capital Commission (NCC) is pleased to inform the public that the full 7.8 kilometres of the Rideau Canal Skateway, from downtown to the Hartwells Locks, is officially open as of January 18, 2017.

On Saturday, January 14, the NCC launched the 47th skating season of the Rideau Canal Skateway with a 4.4-kilometre section between the Laurier Avenue Bridge and the Bronson Avenue Bridge. Another 400-metre section opened on Sunday, January 15, providing access to a total of 4.8 kilometres. The remaining 3 kilometres of ice will be available to skaters tomorrow morning.

Managed by the NCC since the 1970–1971 season, the world’s largest skating rink receives, on average, close to one million visits every year, with an average of 20,000 visits each day that it is open.


Rideau Canal Skateway: The World’s Largest Skating Rink

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For more information about the Rideau Canal Skateway, please contact the NCC at 613-239-5000, 613-239-5090 (TTY), 1-800-465-1867 (toll-free) or 1-866-661-3530 (toll-free TTY).


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Cédric Pelletier

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Strategic Communications Advisor
613-239-5678 extension 5709 (office)
613-852-2804 (cellular)

Jean Wolff

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Senior Manager of Communications
613-239-5678 extension 5703 (office)
613-797-0279 (cellular)