Skating on the Rideau Canal

Take a skate along the world's largest skating rink! Each winter the National Capitol Commission transforms the historic Rideau Canal into the 7.8-kilometre Rideau Canal Skateway. 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!

Winterlude 2019

Red chairs at Parks Canada Winterlude activation

From February 1 to 18, 2019, the 41st Winterlude celebrates Canada’s Capital Region’s cultural, artistic and culinary diversity.

Meet our Parks Canada employees who will help you discover the many ways you can enjoy this unique historic canal, Ontario's only UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Dates: Weekends between the 1st and 18th of February. 

  Location: Parks Canada Winterlube activation, next to Pig Island on the Rideau Canal Skateway