As the colder weather is becoming more consistent and maintained bodies of water such as the Rideau Canal officially open for their season, I would like to remind residents to exercise caution before stepping out onto frozen bodies of water.
The NCC has a website available for checking the quality of ice on the Rideau Canal which is available by clicking here. Regardless of how it may look, water temperatures often fluctuate and weak points can often result in tragedy.
For these reasons, stepping onto City-managed stormwater ponds should be avoided at all costs. Because of the variety of water run-offs and constantly changing water levels, ice in these areas is not stable.
In the meantime, the City offers a variety of open skate programs at local facilities such as the Goulbourn Recreation Complex. For a list of scheduled open-skate times, please visit: https://ottawa.ca/2/en/residents/facilities/goulbourn-recreation-complex.
You can also click here to check what skating rinks are open around the City of Ottawa. I would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of the volunteers who work toward making sure these rinks are a success with each passing winter.