If Ottawa’s unusually warm November weather had you wondering whether winter was really coming, it is! Skating season has finally and officially kick-started in Ottawa today, as the city has announced that the Sens Rink of Dreams is reopening for the 2019/2020 season.
Ottawa's residents and visitors once again prepare to lace up their boots for a scenic downtown skate at the Sens Rink of Dreams.
In a tweet on Friday morning, the City of Ottawa announced that the skating season was officially returning to the city, as the Sens Rink of Dreams would be reopening for public skating on Friday, November 29 at noon.
The post read, "Sharpen your skates and get those mittens out Ottawa City! Skating season is upon us!"
For Ottawans with skates, it's totally free to skate on the Rink of Dreams. There's also a skate rental hut for anyone who needs to borrow skates.
In a statement on their website, Ottawa City confirmed that the Marion Dewar Plaza rink will be open daily between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., weather permitting.
It is now expected to remain open until the end of the skating season, in March 2020.
In a tweet on Friday, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson wrote, "Happy to announce that the Sens Foundation Rink of Dreams at City Hall opens for the 2019-2020 skating season TODAY at noon!"
Watson continued, "On site skate sharpening will start Dec. 1 and Beaver Tails will open on December 7. Hope to see many of you on the ice!"
A heated skate-change hut will be open on the rink site daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
A skate-sharpening service will also be available on Fridays from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 9 p.m., and Sundays from noon until 6 p.m.
The popular Beaver Tails stand will also reopen in the coming days, expected to start business again during the Mayor's annual Christmas party on December 7.
Throughout the season, a red flag adjacent to the rink will notify skaters of any closures due to the weather – such as warm or rainy conditions.
Ottawans can also download the free City of Ottawa App, which will provide regular updates about conditions on the rink.
More details about the reopening of Ottawa's Rink of Dreams can be found here.
Lace up, skaters!