Best time to visit Ontario

Rideau Canal Skating Season

Let yourself skate along the largest naturally frozen ice rink in the world

Rideau Canal Skating Season in Ontario 2019 - Best Time
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The famous Rideau Canal Skateway attracts around a million skaters annually with its skating season running from January to late February.

Being the world’s largest naturally frozen skating rink, The Rideau Canal Skating rink winds 7.8 km through Ottawa. In 2007, it was even designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, after making it to the Guinness Book of World Records. So if you’re coming to Ottawa over the winter, don’t miss your chance to glide along!

Rideau Canal Skating Season in Ontario - Best Season 2019

The access to the Skateway is free. You can rent a pair of skates at the Skateway’s downtown or bring your own. Just take them on and see how far you can go, as the actual skating Skateway’s surface is 165,621 square metres, and this is bigger than 90 Olympic-sized hockey rinks.

Best time for Rideau Canal Skating Season in Ontario 2019
Best time to see Rideau Canal Skating Season in Ontario 2019

You will find various stands with hot chocolate, soup, and some other items to keep you warm all along the way. And don't forget to get a BeaverTails pastry while you're on a Skateway as this traditional cinnamon and sugar, beaver tail-shaped treat was invented in Ottawa in 1978.