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Section of the Rideau Canal Skateway reopens

As of noon today, Thursday February 24, a 3.8 kilometres section of the Rideau Canal Skateway from Somerset Street to Bank Street, will reopen to skaters.   

At 8am tomorrow, Friday, February 25, an additional 3.2 kilometres section of the Rideau Canal Skateway, from Bank Street to the Hartwells Locks, will open.

The National Capital Commission (NCC) Ice Safety Committee has deemed that these sections of the Rideau Canal Skateway will be safe for skating, when they reopen.

The NCC team is continuing to work hard to open the remaining sections.

The NCC urges the public to refrain from venturing onto the closed sections of the Rideau Canal Skateway. Please respect the barricades and the signs installed at access points. Snow, freezing rain or water on the ice surface may hide serious deterioration of the ice thickness.

The best tool to find your way around the Rideau Canal Skateway is the interactive map, presented by LiUNA! You’ll find ice conditions per section, access points with stairs, universal access ramps and washrooms.


  • The full length of Rideau Canal Skateway closed to skaters on Wednesday, February 16, 2022, due to adverse weather conditions and their negative impact to the ice.
  • For the first time in over 20 years, skaters were able to enjoy the full 7.8 kilometres of this iconic experience in Canada’s #WinterCapital on opening day.
  • The Skateway has been open for 31 skating days to date.