Welcome to Capital Skates!

Ice skating on the Rideau Canal is enjoyed with friends and family and creates memorable moments for years to come. Come and enjoy this winter tradition in heart of the Capital. We carry all sizes of skates and helmets. Sleighs, skating trainers are also available.

Take advantage of our Unique Winterlude Getaway in partnership with the Lord Elgin Hotel

Our Services Include:

Skate Rentals // Sleigh Rentals // Safety Equipment Rentals // Skate Sharpening // Boot Check // Much more...

About the Rideau Canal Skateway

Ottawa is home to the largest natural ice rink in the world, as designated by the Guinness World Records. Each year, from January to February, the picturesque Rideau Canal, the only World Heritage Site by UNESCO in Ontario, freezes and welcomes thousands of visitors for winter fun. People come from all over the world to glide along the Rideau Canal Skateway to 7.8 kilometers (4.8 miles), stretching from the heart downtown Ottawa to Dows Lake, the largest surface. According to the National Capital Commission (NCC), the rink hosts a daily average of 19,000 visitors during the winter months. So if you come to Ottawa during the winter season, it is definitely a activitée you do not want to miss! Access to the rink is free. For more information on Rideau Canal Skateway ice conditions and visit the NCC website.


Skate Rentals

We rent skates ranging in sizes 1-13 as well as children skates. We sharpened our skates on a regular basis. All skates rentals require a $50.00 deposit per item.
$22 for 2 hours
Each additional hour: $11

Sleigh Rentals

Our sleigh make the canal that much more fun! Big enough to accommodate 2 children or 1 adult, they allow anyone who doesn't skate or any tired children to still partake at this fun activity. All sleigh rentals require a $50 deposit per item.
$32 for 2 hours
Each additional hour: $16

+++ New +++
Ice bicycle rental

Designed specifically for Capital Skates to offer you a new way to enjoy the Rideau Canal Skateway. Ideal for those who want to offer a quite entertaining ride to a close one who might be less-skilled on the ice.
$42$ for 2 hours
Each additional hour: 21$

Boot Check

Nothing beats warm boots after braving the cold on the Skateway. We offer boot check service for your convenience at a low cost. Boot check is complimentary with every skate rental.
Boot Check: $5

Safety Equipment*

We also have available for rental safety equipment such as helmets, wrist guards and skating trainers. Your safety is important to us, for this reason we offer helmets and wrist guard at no charge with any skate rental.
* Helmet, wrist protector, support bar.
$22 for 2 hours
Each additional hour: $11

Skate Sharpening

We offer the convenience of onsite skates sharpening. We sharpen your skates while you wait.
Skate Sharpening: $10