Skate on the world’s most famous rink!
The Rideau Canal Skateway receives over a million skater visits every year and is famous for being the largest naturally frozen ice rink in the world. In 2007, the Rideau Canal was designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), after making it to the Guinness Book of World Records in 2005!


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!

Washrooms Washrooms are open weekdays, from 8 am to 10 pm from Sundays to Thursdays, and from 8 am to 11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. All washrooms are universally accessible.Located on the ice near the following:

  • Mackenzie King Bridge
  • Concord Street North
  • Fifth Avenue
  • Bronson Avenue
  • Dows Lake Pavilion

Located on land at:

  • Patterson Creek (not universally accessible from the ice)
  • Dows Lake Pavilion
Parking Parking near the Rideau Canal Skateway includes the following locations:

  • Rideau Centre ($)
  • National Arts Centre ($) (50 metres from the NAC access ramp)
  • Ottawa City Hall (from Elgin Street) ($)
  • World Exchange Plaza (weekends, free; weekdays, $)
  • Bronson Avenue parking lot ($) (60 metres from the Bronson Avenue access ramp)
  • 580 Booth Street (weekdays, 6 to 11 pm; weekends, 8 am to 11 pm)
  • Dows Lake ($)

Most parking locations are marked on the Rideau Canal Skateway map.

Picnic Areas Picnic tables and food and beverage vendors are located on the ice by:

  • Mackenzie King Bridge
  • Concord Street
  • Fifth Avenue
  • Bronson Avenue
  • Dows Lake Pavilion


Open daily, from 11 am to 10 pm or longer.

Please note that services are available only in the open sections of the Skateway. Hours of operation may change without notice.


You can rent skates and sleighs, sharpen your skates and check your boots at these locations on the Rideau Canal Skateway:

Mackenzie King Bridge (Capital Skates: 613-238-0134)
Mondays to Sundays, 10 am to 10 pm
Fifth Avenue (Capital Skates: 613-231-5861)
Fridays, 6 pm to 10 pm
Saturdays and Sundays, 10 am to 10 pm
Dows Lake (Dows Lake Pavilion: 613-232-1001, extension 5)
Mondays to Fridays, 9:30 am to 10 pm
Saturdays, 9 am to 10 pm
Sundays, 9 am to 9 pm
Source: NCC Website