Skating Rink

A family of four (2 parents and 2 young children) skating. Winter Pavilion in the background.

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 1 2018 to March 24, 2019* (weather permitting)
Saturdays and Sundays, from 12 noon to 5 p.m. (without reservations).

Group Skating Schedule

Organized groups of 20 people or more may reserve for 1.5 hours. Please see the detailed schedule below and fill in the reservation form.

December 1 to 23, 2018 
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 24, 2019* 
Monday to Friday : 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

How to Reserve

Reservation Procedures

Reservations are allocated through a random draw. Completed request forms will be accepted until Monday November 19, 2018 at 4 p.m. The draw and allocation of reservations will take place from November 20 to November 23, 2018. Please be sure to indicate your first and second dates of choice on your request form. If your first choice cannot be accommodated, we will add your request to the draw for the alternate date. Only one request form will be accepted per group, per season. Those selected will be notified by email or by telephone to confirm their reservation. From the time that the notification is sent, you have 48 hours to respond, in order to complete the reservation process. Please note that if we do not receive confirmation from you in this time period, you will lose your reservation and it will be offered to someone else.
As of November 26, those spots still available will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Our goal is to allow as many people as possible to use the skating rink during peak reservation times.
For additional information regarding the skating rink or other programming at Rideau Hall, please call 1-866-842-4422 or email

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.

Rideau Hall is a working residence and official events may require unforeseen changes to your visit.

As this is an outdoor facility, the schedule may vary during the season according to weather conditions. Please consult our website for up to date information.

Parking is available on surrounding streets. You can access the rink on foot by the entrance gates located on Thomas and Mackay Streets, on Sussex Drive and on Princess Avenue.