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Winter Rentals

Winter is a great time to enjoy the great outdoors at Dows Lake Pavilion! The lake freezes over in late December, and takes us into skating season. In wintertime Dows Lake and the Rideau Canal become the "world's longest skating rink" with over 7 kilometers of groomed ice taking skater from the Dows Lake Pavilion to the National Arts Center in the heart of Downtown Ottawa.

For more information on activities that are happening at Dows Lake and along the Rideau Canal please contact the N.C.C. Website.

Skate Rental Rates

All rentals require a $20.00 deposit and a valid photo ID (Driver's License - Health cards cannot be accepted).

1 Hour Additional Hour
Skates Adult $13.00 $8.00
Skates Child $9.00 $5.00
Snow Shoes $6.00 $4.00
Skis $6.00 $4.00
Osla Kick Sled $9.00 $5.00
Sleigh $20.00 $9.00
Locker Rental $4.00 N/A
Skate Sharpening $6.00 / pair N/A

All Prices include Tax

All rentals require a $20.00 deposit and a valid photo ID (Driver's License - Health cards cannot be accepted).

Group Rates:

Any group larger than 12 people can request a group discount. In order to receive this discount you are required to contact us in advance. Information we will need is contact name, phone#/fax#/email, date requested, number in group, we will contact you and fax or email you a confirmation number.

If you do not have a confirmation number, you will not be eligible for a discount

We do not accept weekend reservations

Skates :

Dows Lake Pavilion rents Men's Skates size 1-13(with half sizes available), Women's Skates in sizes 1 - 11(no half sizes) and we also have children's skates. Our skates are of the highest quality. All of our skates are sharpened regularly to make sure you have the best time possible out on the lake.

Sleighs :

Our "Santa Sleigh's" are quite large and will accommodate two adults or three children. Our sleighs add a lot of fun to any skating trip. You can use them to carry your shoes and bags; bring along someone who doesn't know how to skate; or transport a child who's worn out by all the excitement! Sleighs are also perfect balancing tools for adults who are discovering the joy of skating. Our sleds are sturdy, made for cold weather and intense use. Many people like to bring along a blanket to help protect the riders from the chilly winter breeze.

Group Rates:

Any group requiring at least 5 pieces of equipment should contact us to create a group rental and to receive a potential discount. In order to receive this discount you are required to contact us (via phone or email) at minimum 24 hours in advance. The information we need is a rental name/ phone number/email/, date and approximate time requested, number in group, (age group) and best known equipment of interest. An employee will respond confirming your reservation.
If you do not have proof of confirmation from an employee, you are not eligible for a discount.

We do not accept weekend/holiday reservations

Rental Hours

The Rentals Office is open 7 days a week.

Days Hours
Monday 9:30am - 10:00pm (last rental 9:00pm)
Tuesday 9:30am - 10:00pm (last rental 9:00pm)
Wednesday 9:30am - 10:00pm (last rental 9:00pm)
Thursday 9:30am - 10:00pm (last rental 9:00pm)
Friday 9:30am - 10:00pm (last rental 9:00pm)
Saturday 9:00am - 10:00pm (last rental 9:00pm)
Sunday 9:00am - 10:00pm (last rental 9:00pm)

Rentals Office Doors will be locked one hour after last rental.

Canal Conditions

Link to NCC Ice Conditions page http://www.canadascapital.gc.ca/places-to-visit/rideau-canal-skateway/ice-conditions

You can also call the "N.C.C. Ice Conditions" hotline (239-5234 press 1, 1) to get up to date information on Canal conditions.

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