Rideau Canal Officially Open for its 48th Skating Season!


This morning at 8:00 AM, the National Capital Commission (NCC) responsible for maintenance of Ottawa’s famous Rideau Canal, officially deemed the 48th season of skating along the world’s largest skating rink open!


The section between the Pretoria Bridge and the Bronson Rest Area, including Dows Lake is now available to skaters. Please use caution at stairway access points and in the Dows Lake area as the ice surface is rough and damaged in spots.


As temperatures fluctuate and the full length of the canal continues to open, eager skaters are encouraged to visit the NCC website here before hitting the ice to review ice conditions.


I highly encourage all residents to make the most of this historic Ottawa tradition before the season ends. It’s a great way to get active and have a fun and memorable time with family and friends while eating delicious Beavertails and keeping warm with some hot chocolate. Just don’t forget to bundle up or you might catch a cold!