Rideau Canal Skateway

An icy adventure awaits!

Grab your skates and explore the Rideau Canal Skateway! In winter, the historic Rideau Canal becomes the world's largest skating rink. The ice extends 7.8-kilometres and runs through the heart of downtown Ottawa.

Activities on the Rideau Canal Skateway during Winterlude:

  • Winterlude Triathlon
  • Annual Bed Race
  • Ice Dragon Boat Festival ─ NEW in 2017!
  • and more!

Vendors are located along the skateway, allowing you to rent skates, grab a warm drink or a delicious BeaverTails® pastry right from the ice. For more information, visit the Rideau Canal Skateway page on the website of the National Capital Commission, custodian of the world's largest skating rink.


View all the Winterlude videos on the YouTube playlist.

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