The world's largest naturally frozen skating rink is now open for the winter (PHOTOS)

Jan 22 2020, 12:52 pm

The nation’s capital is embracing its Canadian identity by offering the largest skating rink in the world to the public, for free, because, Canada.

Entering its 50th year, the world’s largest naturally frozen skating rink, the Rideau Canal Skateway, winds its way through the heart of Ottawa over a total length of 7.8 kilometres, stretching from downtown to Dow’s Lake.

The longest Skateway on Earth is divided into 13 sections, ten of which are currently open.

The National Capital Commission  (NCC) has created an interactive map of the canal’s length and which sections are open and closed, rest areas, concession stands and what its ice conditions are like.

The Skateway’s website also has a live webcam so you can monitor the ice’s conditions before lacing up.

The public can access open sections of the Skateway 24 hours a day, but should note that caution is advised in the evenings and at night, as Skateway maintenance crews operate primarily during those times.

Heated sheds are available to lace up from 8 am to 10 pm on Sundays to Thursdays and from 8 am to 11 pm on Fridays and Saturday.

Plus, the Skateway has mini recession areas where vendors sell coffee, tea, pastries, water, and of course, Beaver Tails.

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

 

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