Skating Rink

The Rideau Hall skating rink is closed for the season. We look forward to seeing you in December 2021.

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

The skating rink at Rideau Hall 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.

Some of the most famous skaters to use the rink were the sons of Lord Stanley—creator of the famous trophy named in his honour—who played hockey here during their stay in Canada at the end of the 19th century.