NCC continues to be making ready to open Rideau Canal Skateway

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The NCC Bistro at Remic Rapids Park on the Ottawa River may even not be open throughout the state of emergency in Ontario.

Customers are requested to put on masks whereas on the skateway.


In a bid to assist create further out of doors area for these residing in additional densely populated areas, the NCC plans to open a piece of the Queen Elizabeth Driveway for lively use solely day by day from 9 a.m. to five p.m. Final summer season, the NCC ran a pilot undertaking that closed the Driveway to car site visitors between Laurier Avenue and Fifth Avenue for a part of every day.

Particulars are to be launched shortly. The NCC is aiming to open a piece by this weekend, spokeswoman Valérie Dufour mentioned.

A portion of the Rideau Canal Skateway was open Sunday February 2, 2020, during the first weekend of Winterlude. Tractors were out clearing the snow off the ice Sunday.   Ashley Fraser/Postmedia
A file picture displaying skaters on the Rideau Canal Skateway in 2020. Photograph by Ashley Fraser /Postmedia

The NCC mentioned it was relying on the co-operation of customers to adjust to provincial well being measures in addition to these residents have practised for months, together with frequent hand-washing, sustaining a secure distance from others and sporting masks when bodily distancing was not potential.


“We want individuals to comply with the advice of public well being in Ontario and Quebec. We’ve got signage, however we’d like the co-operation of the general public to maintain amenities open,” Dufour mentioned.

As to when the skateway could also be open, that’s nonetheless an open query. Crews require three successive nights with temperatures at -10 C or decrease to create secure ice. Surroundings Canada is forecasting gentle daytime temperatures with no in a single day temperatures beneath -10 C till Sunday night time.

“We nonetheless want Mom Nature to co-operate. We don’t have a date but, but it surely’s coming,” Dufour mentioned.