The Rideau Canal Skateway is known as the world's longest skating rink. The skateway is about 8 km long and runs through the heart of the city. All along the canal there are little rest areas, and if you feel like your energy is running low, it is also possible to buy delicious beavertail pastries (fried dough - the nutella-covered one is the best!). If you're traveling with young children (or pets!), it's also possible to rent a sled for them and turn this into a great family activity!
Before you pack your skates, make sure to check the Website: Ottawa's winters are rather mild, so skating season is pretty short. February usually is your best bet.
Equipment: Brnig your own skates or rent a pair by the Canal
Skate one of the biggest rinks around. The beautiful Rideau Canal. Grab a beaver tail while you stroll down the canal....Great way to go out and enjoy the fresh air!!!!
No skates??? Talk a walk beside the largest skating rink in the world.
There during the summer??? Sit and relax beside one of the most beautiful waterways...Or take a bike ride and enjoy the sights!
* My pics do not do it justice as when went biking I didn't take my camera! Way to go Marc!
Equipment: I packed my skates....and to tell you the truth, it was well worth it!
During winter, the Rideau Canal freezes and it becomes the longest and largest skating rink in the world with miles of skating track for both locals and tourists to enjoy. This is one of the major attractions of Ottawa during winter time, and not to be missed. If you do not have skating equipment, you can rent it at one of the skating shops located on the skating rink iteself.
The rideau canal is transformed in the winter, into the longest skating rink in the world. The opening date varies each, depending on the weather (if the ice is frozen enough) this year (2002) it was open in late december. You can get on the canal at hartwells lock right accross the street from carleton university, and follow the canal all the way to downtown, just by the parliment buildings (by ottawa university) there are multiple places along the way to get on and off. Also along the canal there is skate rental places, washrooms, beavertail and refreshment stands, and many activities during winterlude (february).
Equipment: Bring your skates, if you don't have some you can rent them on the canal. You can also rent big red sleighs so that you can push those that prefer not to skate.