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Rideau Canal National Historic Site of Canada

Skating on the Rideau Canal

Skating on the Rideau Canal
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Take a skate along the world's largest skating rink! Each winter the historic Rideau Canal is transformed into a 7.8-kilometre skating rink. The world-famous skateway winds it way through the heart of Ottawa, stretching from downtown to Dows Lake.

The Rideau Canal skate season typically runs from January to late February. Check the ice conditions (613-239-5234) for up to date information.

Grab your skates and experience the Capital tradition of skating on the Rideau Canal! Learn more...