Ottawa’s Rideau Canal Skateway officially closed for the season


OTTAWA, ON, March 6, 2022 – Did you visit the Skateway for the very first time this winter? Did you skate the entire 7.8 km length? Use a sleigh? Enjoy a Beavertail pastry or a hot chocolate? Whichever activity you enjoyed this year on Canada’s longest skating rink, hopefully this quintessentially Canadian experience added to your #WinterCapital season.

The National Capital Commission (NCC) says they “are glad that you joined us for a visit!”

With warmer days in the weather forecast, sadly the 52nd Rideau Canal Skateway season has officially come to an end.

This year, more than half a million skaters were able to enjoy the world’s largest skating rink for 41 skating days since it officially opened for the season on January 13, 2022!

Morning on the Rideau Canal Skateway, photo by Terry Lankstead

That day marked the first time in over 20 years, that skaters were able to enjoy the full 7.8 kilometres of the Skateway on opening day — stretching from downtown Ottawa all the way to Hartwells Locks!

This season was somewhat longer than in the previous few years. The 51st season that started late on January 28, 2021, was the second the shortest in its history, lasting for just 26 excellent skating days. In 2016, the skateway was only open for 34 days, with only 18 green flag days. While 2017, still stands as the shortest skating season on the world’s longest rink when it closed after just 25 days.

Vendor huts on Rideau Canal Skateway, photo by Terry Lankstead

But although the Ottawa’s truly magical winter gem may be closed, the National Capital Commission says Ottawans and visitors can still get outdoors and experience #WinterCapital. With 450 km of trails for walking, hiking, snowshoeing, skiing and snow biking — and hills for tobogganing — there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

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