Ottawa, Ontario – Every winter there are more than one a million visits to the world’s largest skating rink – the Rideau Canal Skateway. Equal to 90 Olympic-size skating rinks, the 7.8 km Rideau Canal Skateway winds its way through the heart of the Canadian Capital from Dow Lake to the National Arts Centre. It’s open for free, and lined with snack stands, souvenir shops and skate rental booths. In August, 2005, Guinness World Records designated this the world’s largest naturally frozen ice rink. In this city it’s not unusual for local residents forgo their cars and skate to work. Itʼs common for most households to have their own skates. The Skateway usually opens at the end of December and closes in early March, and it’s one of the main attractions for Winterlude, Ottawa’s family-friendly, February festival. Quick tip: At the festival it’s a tradition to snack on Beaver Tails. This popular local delicacy is fried dough shaped like a beaver tail, and served with a variety of toppings from cinnamon to chocolate.
The Skateway normally stretches from the locks between the Chateau Laurier and the Parliament buildings to the locks at Carlton University. Check the Rideau Canal Skateway for the status of skating on the canal. It can be temporarily closed if the weather is too warm for several days.
In June 2007 the 202 km (125-mile) Rideau Canal, the waterway which connect Ottawa to Kingston, Ontario, was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It dates back to 1832 and is the oldest continuously operated canal system in North America.
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Rideau Canal, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada