Canadian Winter Culture: The World's Largest Ice Skating Rink

An ice hockey game on the canal on Christmas day, 1901

The Skateway is open 24 hours a day and the length of the season depends on the weather, but typically the Rideau Canal Skateway opens in January and closes in March.

Rideau Canal is also a popular tourist attraction. Every year the Winterlude festival in Ottawa takes place here in February.

Activities during the Winterlude festivities include a triathlon, the annual bed race, live performances and many more, providing tons of fun for the whole family.

If you missed the chance to experience the world's largest ice rink this year, you know where to go next year!