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Rideau Hall Skating Rink

December 7, 2017

Official Opening of the Rideau Hall Skating Rink this Saturday

OTTAWA—The Office of the Secretary to the Governor General is pleased to announce that Rideau Hall’s refrigerated skating rink will open to skaters this winter season this Saturday, December 9, 2017 (weather permitting).

The general public is invited to come and enjoy a truly magical experience by lacing up their skates and heading onto a forest-lined outdoor rink to skate to the sound of traditional music. Outdoor skating is part of Rideau Hall’s heritage since the time of Lord Dufferin, who was governor general from 1872 to 1878.

During the winter season, skaters can enjoy the outdoor rink on Saturdays and Sundays, from noon to 5 p.m. no reservations necessary. Before heading to Rideau Hall, skaters should check the status of the rink online at www.gg.ca/skatingrinkor by calling 1-888-842-4422 (toll-free) or
613-991-4422 as it may be closed due to unfavourable weather conditions. Please note that this rink is exclusively for pleasure skating.

Winter at Rideau Hall
Whether you’ve come to skate or to walk the snow-covered paths with your family, the historic grounds are a great place to enjoy winter.  Skaters can meet at the Winter Pavilion, a heritage building, located next to the rink, where they can lace up their skates and see its small exhibit about the history of winter sports at Rideau Hall. They can also visit the residence’s State rooms, where the governor general fulfills official duties. The residence is home to a magnificent collection of Canadian art and furniture. Guided tours are free of charge and offered daily (reservations are required). To view the schedule of all activities or to make a reservation, visit www.gg.ca/visitus, call 1-866-842-4422 (toll-free) or email us at guide@gg.ca.


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Media information:

Marie-Pierre Bélanger
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-998-9166
613-852-3248 (cell)
marie-pierre.belanger@gg.ca


Public information:

1-866-842-4422
guide@gg.ca 

 

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