• people skating on the rideau canal


Skate the 7.8-kilometer-long Rideau Canal from one end, at Fairmont Château Laurier, to the other, at Dow’s Lake. The Rideau Canal is the longest outdoor skating rink in the world and is the main attraction of the Winterlude festival. It is open to skaters in January and February, weather permitting. Skate rentals are available at various Silver Skates locations on the canal.

Other Activities You May Like

Festivals & Tours
red bus driving down the street

Bus Tour The Capital of Canada

Discover Ottawa’s charm and distinctive beauty with a tour of the city. Climb aboard the Gray Line or Lady Dive Sightseeing Buses for a narrated tour of Ottawa attractions.
ottawa landscape at sunset over parliament and Chateau Laurier

Parliament Hill

Touring through the Centre Block and Library of Parliament gives you a glimpse into modern Canadian government, while its Victorian Gothic Revival architectural details recall the grandeur of the past.
view of national gallery of canada from majors hill park in the fall

National Gallery of Canada

The gallery is home to the impressive Rideau Chapel, a Neo-Gothic 19th century chapel that was deconstructed and rebuilt within the gallery.