Our city is a great place to skate, with dozens of indoor rinks and arenas, and countless volunteers who maintain community rinks in parks and backyards. And, of course, there’s the Rideau Canal, the world’s longest skating rink.
Skating on the Rideau Canal
- The Rideau Canal Skateway is closed for the season as of March 11, 2014. This year’s season was 71 days long, with 58 days of skating.
- In the winter, the Ottawa portion of the Rideau Canal turns into the world’s largest skating rink (7.8km long), and is the focal point of Winterlude.
- The National Capital Commission maintains the skateway, and it’s usually open from late-December/early January until late February/early March.
- Here’s a link showing daily ice conditions on the Rideau Canal.
- Here’s a map of the Rideau Canal Skateway, showing parking locations, change huts, food, and more.
- For more info about skating on the Rideau Canal, you can visit: Rideau Canal Skateway or call 613- 239-5234
- This is the first full season for the Rink of Dreams at City Hall. It’s an oudoor ice surface with artificial refrigeration. To put it another way, this rink has great ice even when it’s a bit warm outside. Weather permitting the rink is open every day, from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m., including holidays, until the end of the skating season in March 2015. A heated change hut at Marion Dewar Plaza is open every day from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m.
- Another great/interesting/unique place to skate outdoors is at the Rideau Hall Outdoor Skating Rink. This historic ice surface dates back to the 1870s. The rink is open from January to March, with public skating on Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 5pm. More info about Rideau Hall’s skating rink…
- There’s a new outdoor rink this year at Lansdowne Park, which officially opened on December 2. It’s open until March 2015, weather permitting.
- Another nice rink is outdoors at Ben Franklin Place in Centrepointe.
- Ottawa has 247 outdoor neighbourhood rinks, ranging from “puddles” (small ice surfaces without boards) to full “rinks” (full boards around the rink). A complete list of rinks, along with amenities and schedules, is available here.
- Here’s a list of all the outdoor rinks in Ottawa.
- …and Ottawa Rink Conditions is a user-driven site that relies on visitors to provide updates on outdoor rink conditions. You can post updates on your local rink or check out what other people are saying.
- There are many more outdoor rinks in Gatineau, too. Here’s a list from the Ville de Gatineau.
- For a listing of local rinks, plus schedules for public skating and information about lessons, check out the City of Ottawa’s Skating page, including a search tool for checking public skating schedules.
- A few other indoor rinks not directly run by the City of Ottawa include: Bell Sensplex, RA Centre, Carleton University Ice House, University of Ottawa Sports Complex and Scotiabank Place.
- There are many more arenas in Gatineau, too. Here’s a list from the Ville de Gatineau.
- Weekend public skating is free at City of Ottawa indoor facilities until April 6, 2014, thanks to an initiative from RBC. More info…
- Here’s a great searchable map showing skating times in Ottawa and Gatineau, all in one spot.
- Related: Ottawa Hockey Guide
- Gloucester Skating Club
- Metcalfe Skating Club
- Minto Skating Club
- Nepean Skating Club
- Ottawa Pacers Speedskating Club
- Rideau Skating Club
Skate Rentals & Sales & Sharpening
- During Winterlude you can usually rent skates and get the sharpened on the Rideau Canal.
- Figure 8 Skate Specialists
- Fosters Sports
- Kunstadt Sports
- Play It Again Sports