Canal finally opens

After much anticipation and disappointment last weekend, skaters can finally lace up on the canal.

The 41st season of skating on the world’s largest skating rink begins Saturday.

A 2.4 km section of the Rideau Canal Skateway opens at 8 a.m., from the Bank Street Bridge to the Pretoria Bridge.

The longest season on record was in 1971-72 when the canal was open for 90 days.

In 2001-02, just 26 skating days were available.

Last year, there were 36 days of skating.

For more information, contact the NCC at 613-239-5000.

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