27 beautiful photos of the opening of the world's largest naturally frozen skating rink

Jan 17 2017, 3:49 am

Some people in Ottawa will be skating to and from work now.

The world’s largest naturally frozen skating rink just opened this week in Ottawa, and it’s already seen a fair share of skaters. The Rideau Canal Skateway is 7.8 kilometers long, and it stretches from the city’s downtown core to Dows Lake. It’s no wonder people use it to commute.

Besides Ottawans, thousands of visitors head to Ottawa each winter to skate this national treasure, which is free of charge. And of course, next month, Winterlude will take place all along the beautiful Skateway.

Getting FOMO yet? Enjoy these photos until that Ottawa road trip!

The only thing blue about this Monday is the sky ☀️☀️☀️

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Goodbye, Sunday. Come again soon. #rideaucanal #ottawa

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I love this city. #ottawa #myottawa #nofilter #rideaucanalskateway

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Skating fun on the canal

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The canal is open! Have you skated on the World’s largest skating Rink? Every winter the Historic Rideau Canal becomes the world’s largest skating rink, spanning 7.8kms right through the middle of downtown Ottawa! Grab you skates! What are you waiting for? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ #igersottawa #MyOttawa #exlporeCanada #nationscapital #ottawaphoto #igcanada_ #pocket_canada #loves_canada #discoverCanada #pureontario #oh_canada_ #ourcity @ottawa_ontario #thecanadiancollective #neverstopexploring #liveloveottawa #yowottawa #narcityottawa #canada_photolovers #canada_gallery #insideott #ig_great_shots_canada #canadagram #ottawa2017 #loves_canada_ #enjoycanada #canadiancreatives #visualsoflife #rideaucanalskateway #DiscoverOntario #outaouaisfun

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First canal skate of 2017! #latergram #rideaucanalskateway

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Proud of myself 💪 #ottawa #canada #dawn #nofilter 🇨🇦

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La première de la saison ⛸❄️ #canalrideau #winterwonderland #jailemeilleurphotographe

A photo posted by Jasmine Page-M. (@jasminepagemartel) on

It’s open! XD #rideaucanal #rideaucanalskateway #ottawa

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#rideaucanalskateway #beautifulwintersday

A photo posted by Francine Leclaire (@francine_lynn) on

Morning commute #ottawa #rideaucanalskateway #5km ⛸

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Lace up and let’s go.

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Let the skating season begin! 💙❄️⛸ #rideaucanal #myottawa #canada150 #ottawa150

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And of course, there are the beavertails.

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