Entire Rideau Canal Skateway temporarily closed due to warmer weather
People practice physical distancing as they skate on the Rideau Canal Skateway in Ottawa, on the first weekend of Winterlude, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021. The winter festival, which usually features artistic performances, an ice carving competition and a park transformed into a winter playground, is being held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Justin Tang/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
OTTAWA -- The entire length of the Rideau Canal Skateway is closed temporarily, the National Capital Commission says.
In a statement on its website, the NCC said the skateway would close at 10 p.m. Monday and will remain closed until further notice due the effects of adverse weather conditions on the ice.
"The milder weather in the forecast and the snowfall contribute to the formation of cracks on the ice surface, in addition to dangerous holes which can be hidden under the snow," the NCC said.
The forecast this week includes highs above 0C on Tuesday and Wednesday and periods of snow.
The full 7.8 km of the world's largest skating rink has been available for skaters since Feb. 1. Just under 20,000 people visited the skateway each day during the second week of the month.