Yes, it’s finally open! No, we couldn’t enjoy it over the holidays, but the famous, beloved skateway experience is back in time for January and Winterlude. That takes place this year Jan 30 – Feb 16. (The first 3 weekends, basically.)
Here’s the official announcement, from the National Capital Commission:
The 45th season of the Rideau Canal Skateway will officially open today at 10:30 am. A 3.6-kilometre section from Somerset Street to the Bank Street Bridge, excluding Patterson Creek, will be available to skaters.
The NCC Ice Safety Committee deemed that a 3.6-kilometre section of ice between Somerset Street and the Bank Street Bridge, excluding Patterson Creek, has reached the required thickness and is safe for skating. The ice conditions are expected to be fair, as is often the case on the first day of the season.
Other sections of the world’s largest skating rink will be added as soon as ice conditions are safe and weather permits.