I drive by the canal everyday and it’s been a sad place the past few days…..so lonely looking…..no one skating as the thaw, then the freezing rain just wasn’t the canal’s friend. However if you can say there is one good thing this cold blast is for, it’s good for the Rideau Canal Skateway as it’s back up and running, er skating this morning.
As of noon today, the full 7.8 kilometres of the Rideau Canal Skateway, from downtown (Rideau) to the Hartwells Locks, will be available to skaters and visitors.
The National Capital Commission (NCC) Ice Safety Committee has deemed that the Rideau Canal Skateway will be safe for skating so two thumbs up to all their hard work.
Managed by the NCC since the 1970–1971 season, the 7.8-kilometre Rideau Canal Skateway receives, on average, close to one million visits every year; 20,000 visits each day that it is open.
The 48th season of the Rideau Canal Skateway was officially launched Friday, January 5, when the 5 kilometre section between the Pretoria Bridge and the Bronson rest area, including all Dows Lake, opened.
Photo and source: Press Release