Winter is here and I wanted to take a moment to encourage residents to make use of some of the great outdoor skating rinks available for your use this winter!
The Rideau Canal is the world’s largest outdoor skating rink! Although not yet open to the public (the ice takes a while to appropriately freeze for safety reasons), residents can look forward to enjoying one of Ottawa’s greatest winter tourist attractions! To check whether the canal is open to the public, please visit http://rcs.ncc-ccn.ca.
In the meantime, the outdoor Rink of Dreams in front of City Hall (110 Laurier Ave W) is now officially open to the public. Come enjoy this beautifully lit rink before partaking in a great night out downtown or in the market.
New this year as well is the Canada 150 Rink open on Parliament Hill for a limited time only (until February 25th). Passes are free but must be reserved at least 48 hours prior to your preferred time slot in 40-minute segments. Reserve your ice time for up to 50 people at http://canada150rink.com/public-skating/
Over 250 outdoor skating rinks are also available across the City of Ottawa including 9 in Stittsville at: Bandmaster Park, Bryanston Gate Park, Pioneer Plains Park, Crossing Bridge Park, Coyote Run Park, Upcountry Park, Ralph St Park, Mary Durling Park, and Trustee M. Curry Park.
I would like to take this opportunity to provide my sincere thanks to all of our hardworking volunteers who help to operate these community rinks each year for the benefit of those in the surrounding areas who use them.
For a full list of locations and for more information on operation hours, please visit https://ottawa.ca/en/residents/recreation-and-parks/skating#locations-and-supervised-hours
I highly encourage all residents to make the most of the winter weather this holiday season and spend some time with friends and family while staying active!