The entire 7.8 kilometre length of the Rideau Canal is now open.

The National Capital Commission opened the entire length of the world's largest skateway at 7 Friday morning.

The NCC says conditions are now suitable to give skaters access to the canal from downtown to Dow's Lake.

Conditions now range from poor to fair.

The Rideau Canal Skateway will host Winterlude next month, one of North America's biggest winter festivals.