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  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
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Skating Rink

The outdoor skating rink was originally built in 1872, during the mandate of the Earl of Dufferin, Canada’s third governor general. Along with his wife, Lady Dufferin—who quickly became a keen skater herself—he organized many skating parties during his stay at Rideau Hall. Today, you can step back in time and go for a skate on this historic rink which is also now refrigerated.

Winter Pavilion

Lace up your skates and leave your bags in this stunning heritage building, located next to the rink. Don’t miss its small exhibit about the history of winter sports at Rideau Hall.

Public Skating Schedule

December 9 to March 25, 2018*
Saturdays and Sundays, from 12 noon to 5 p.m. (without reservations).

*The skating rink will be closed from December 23, 2017 to January 1, 2018.

The schedule may vary according to weather conditions.

Group Skating Schedule

Organized groups of 20 people or more may reserve for 1.5 hours. Please contact us to make your reservation.

December 9 to 22, 2017
Wednesday to Friday: 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

January 2 to March 25, 2018*
Monday to Friday : 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

*The skating rink will be closed on January 1, 2018.

 

Public Skating - Guidelines for users

  • The rink is maintained on a daily basis; however, we cannot guarantee the ice conditions or maintenance if a snowfall occurs during your visit.
  • The rink at Rideau Hall is for leisure skating only. Hockey sticks, pucks and roughhousing are not permitted.
  • Pets are not permitted at the facility.
  • It is recommended that young or novice skaters wear helmets.
  • Light snacks such as cookies and non-alcoholic drinks are permitted
  • Appliances such as hot plates and crock pots are not permitted.
  • Food and beverages must stay in the skating hut. Food cannot be delivered to the site.
  • A wood stove will be kept lit for heating purposes in the skating hut. It cannot be used for heating or cooking food and beverages.
  • Rideau Hall will provide music for your skating pleasure.
 

Group Reservations - Guidelines for users

  • Groups may only reserve one time slot of 1.5 hours per season.
  • Rideau Hall may reserve the rink for more than one group per time slot to accommodate the largest number of people possible at the facility.
  • The maximum capacity for the rink is 50 people at any time.
  • The rink is maintained on a daily basis; however, we cannot guarantee the ice conditions or maintenance if a snowfall occurs during a reservation.
  • The rink at Rideau Hall is for leisure skating only. Hockey sticks, pucks and roughhousing are not permitted.
  • Pets are not permitted at the facility.
  • It is recommended that young or novice skaters wear helmets.
  • Light snacks such as cookies and non-alcoholic drinks are permitted. Appliances such as hot plates and crock pots are not permitted.
  • Food and beverages must stay in the skating hut. Food cannot be delivered to the site.
  • A wood stove will be kept lit for heating purposes in the skating hut. It cannot be used for heating or cooking food and beverages.
  • Rideau Hall will provide music for your skating pleasure.
  • Parking on-site is available only after 5:00 p.m. only if you have a reservation.