Safety Tips for the Rideau Canal Skateway
Safety is key to an enjoyable skate on Ottawa’s Rideau Canal. But remember that safety starts with you. These tips can help you have a safe and exciting outdoor adventure. As in any sport, accidents can happen. But you can rest assured, knowing that the Skateway is patrolled by first aid attendants.
Safety on the Ice
- Learn the flag system: A green flag means that the Skateway is open; a red flag means that it is closed.
- Watch for cracks!
- Consider your safety and that of others. The following are not permitted on the ice:
- hockey sticks and pucks.
- Warm up if you feel chilled. Heated chalets are located at various points along the Skateway.
- Avoid wearing figure skates. They tend to catch on bumps and cracks in the ice surface.
- Dress warmly.
- Wear a certified, properly fitting ski or hockey helmet to prevent head injuries when skating.
- Wrist guards, as well as elbow and knee protection, will help reduce your chance of injury.
- You can rent helmets and wrist guards from Capital Skates locations on the Rideau Canal Skateway (by Mackenzie King Bridge and Fifth Avenue). A deposit ($) is required.
A first aid trailer is located on the ice at Fifth Avenue.
Skate patrollers who can administer first aid and CPR are on the Skateway daily at these times:
- Monday to Thursday, noon to 10 pm
- Friday, noon to 11 pm
- Saturday, 10 am to 11 pm
- Sunday, 10 am to 10 pm
For immediate assistance, call 613-565-1899. In case of serious injury, call 911.