The National Capital Commission opens a 2.3-kilometre section of the Skateway, between the Pretoria stairs, near the Pretoria Bridge, and the Bank Street stairs (north and south), including Patterson Creek.

Today, January 18, 2020, on behalf of the Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre and Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Tobi Nussbaum, Chief Executive Officer of the National Capital Commission (NCC) and Marc Seaman, Chair of the NCC Board of Directors, accompanied by artists from the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation and the Winterlude mascots Mama and Papa Ice Hog, hoisted the green flag on the Rideau Canal Skateway marking the official opening of the 50th season.

To celebrate this milestone, the NCC is offering a range of special activities on the Skateway, which include the following.

  • Winter sports ice rink: Reserve ice time on the winter sports ice rink in front of the Dows Lake Pavilion to practise a winter sport like ringette or broomball, or enjoy a game of shinny hockey the old-fashioned way.
  • Skateway memories photo exhibit: Skate your way to the Bank Street Bridge, to see 10 photographs that perfectly capture past seasons of winter memories in the Capital.
  • Roving DJ: Over five Saturday nights, the roving DJ booth will make its way from the Dows Lake Pavilion to Waverley Street, and back. Each night will feature a playlist that represents music from one of the past five decades.
  • Social media photo frame: Capture and share your Skateway memories on social media! Located at the 0 kilometre marker (Rideau) and in the Fifth Avenue rest area, the frames offer a view of the Skateway and surrounding historical architecture.

The Rideau Canal Skateway team will continue working to open other sections of the world’s largest skating rink as soon as ice conditions are safe and weather permits. In the meantime, the NCC asks that the public not venture onto closed sections of the Skateway.