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. He and his wife, Lady Dufferin—who quickly became a keen skater herself—organized many skating parties during his mandate at Rideau Hall.

Due to COVID-19, the skating experience at Rideau Hall will be a little different than in the past, but we are doing everything possible to ensure this magical winter tradition can continue to be available to visitors, in as safe a way as possible.

This year it is not possible for us to provide a refrigerated skating rink surface, so the natural ice rink season will begin in January 2022, when weather permits. This means that the season may be more affected by weather conditions than in recent years. We thank you in advance for your co-operation and patience.

Skating is available by reservation only. To ensure physical distancing, there is a maximum of 25 visitors allowed per time slot.

Public Skating Schedule

January 10, 2022, to March 13, 2022* (weather permitting)

Saturdays and Sundays only, at 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. for a time slot of one (1) hour and 15 minutes. Please note that the rink will be shared with other visitors.

Reservation Procedures

Reservations are taken on a month-by-month basis. Visitors must contact us via email in advance to reserve a date and time slot for that month.

  • Reservations for January will be open as of December 14.
  • Reservations for February will be open as of January 11.
  • Reservations for March will be open as of February 1.

Reservations will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, as each time slot can accommodate up to 25 visitors. Please email to reserve. 

Group Reservations Schedule

Organized groups of 10-25 people may reserve the rink for a time slot of one (1) hour and 15 minutes for their group only.

January 10, 2022, to March 13, 2022* (weather permitting)
Monday, Tuesday and Friday: 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Reservation Procedures

Group reservations are allocated through a random draw. Completed request forms will be accepted until Monday, December 6, 2021, at 4 p.m. The draw and allocation of reservations will take place from December 7 to December 10, 2021. Please click here to fill out the request form.

As of December 13, spots still available will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

For additional information regarding the skating rink or other programming at Rideau Hall, please call
1-866-842-4422 or email

Guidelines for users

  • On-site parking is not available. Parking is available on the adjacent streets in the neighborhood. For reservations at 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m., or 3 p.m., please enter on foot through the Sussex Gate. For reservations at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., please enter on foot through the Princess Gate.
  • The Winter Pavilion will be open this year. Visitors must show proof of vaccination to access it.
  • An outdoor space with a fire pit and picnic tables will be set up for visitors.
  • The rink is maintained on a daily basis; however, we cannot guarantee the ice conditions or maintenance if a snowfall occurs during your visit.
  • 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 all skaters wear helmets.
  • Food and/or beverages are not permitted on the rink or in the Winter Pavilion.
  • Smoking and alcoholic beverages are strictly forbidden on-site.
  • For your safety, please do not walk in the wooded area near the skating rink; remain within the designated skating rink area.
  • Rideau Hall will provide music for your skating pleasure.

COVID-19 Health and Security Measures

  • Visitors are asked to follow all public health protocols.
  • Masks are required to be worn at all times on and around the skating rink.
  • Visitors are asked to keep a two-metre distance from others at all times.
  • Picnic tables will be placed outside as spaces for visitors to place items and to put on their skates.
  • An outdoor fire pit will be set up for visitors to use for warmth.
  • The public washrooms at the Stable Building will be open for use and maintained as per public health guidelines.


Rideau Hall is an official residence and workplace. Last-minute changes may be made to the rink schedule at any time due to official events.

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.