Skating on the Rideau Canal

Grab your skates and explore the Rideau Canal Skateway! In winter, the historic Rideau Canal becomes the world's largest skating rink. The ice extends 7.8-kilometres and runs through the heart of downtown Ottawa.

Activities on the Rideau Canal Skateway during Winterlude:

  • Winterlude Triathlon
  • Annual Bed Race
  • Great Canadian Beaver Cup Pond Hockey Classic
  • skating demonstrations
  • and more!

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Vendors are located along the skateway, allowing you to rent skates or grab a warm drink right from the ice. Vendor and activity locations are marked on the Rideau Canal Skateway map.

For more information, visit the Rideau Canal Skateway page on the website of the National Capital Commission.

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