This year when you go skating on the Rideau Canal Skateway in Ottawa, things will look very different.

The NCC announced the famous outdoor rink would open to the public once it's ready.

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But unlike in the past, you won't be able to glide to the Beavertails stands to get a sugary treat.

The area is to be used for exercise only, so food stands and the bistro at Remic Rapids will be shut down. 

You'll also want to bundle up with a warm jacket, as all rentals and fire pits will be closed.

Another significant change is that part of the Queen Elizabeth Driveway will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

When gliding across the ice, the NCC asks everyone to wear their mask and to maintain a safe distance from others.

No winter in the National Capital Region would be complete without enjoying some classic winter fun on the Rideau Canal, which opens weather permitting from January to March.

Rideau Canal Skateway

Price: Free

Address: Rideau Canal, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: You don't have to pay a thing to spin on the ice and enjoy the crisp air.