Look for the green flag at City Hall for daily confirmation that the rink is open or closed.
Weather permitting the Rink of Dreams is open daily from 6 am to 11 pm. The heated changing facility is open daily from 8 am to 11 pm. Bring your own skates - no skate rental services available.
Enjoy skating on the state of the art refrigerated ice rink of course, eating a delicious, local favourite: Beavertails. Afterwards, take a tour inside City Hall and visit the Barbara Ann Scott Gallery, Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame and the Karsh Masson Gallery. All are free of charge.
Beavertails Hours of Operation
These addictive whole-wheat pastries are hand-stretched, float cooked and served piping hot, topped with butter and your choice of delectable flavours.
Fridays 5-10 pm
Saturdays & Sundays 10 am to 10 pm
Winterlude activities run January 31 to February 17, 2014
Annual Family Day Skating Party
Mayor Jim Watson invites residents to join him for his annual Family Day skating party. This event is hosted in collaboration with the Ottawa Senators foundation, the City's Winterlude Partners and Ottawa Public Health. Come on down and enjoy skating with your favorite mascots. Free hot chocolate compliments of Ottawa's Beaver Tails Pastry. All are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for the Ottawa Food Bank.
Monday, February 17
11 am to 2 pm
Also at the event, the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre Foundation will be displaying the 1998 Mercedes Benz 560 SL that was formerly owned by the 1948 Olympic figure-skating champion, Barbara Ann Scott-King. The Foundation will be holding a draw on May 9, 2014, for a chance to win the classic red convertible, with all proceeds going to the foundations, Building Choices, Enriching Lives Capital Campaign.
How it Began - Rink of Dreams
On January 25, 2012, Mayor Jim Watson; Cyril Leeder, President of Senators Sports and Entertainment; Danielle Robinson, President of the Ottawa Sens Foundation; and Claude Allain, Vice-Chair at Large for the Hockey Canada Foundation, were on hand to officially open the Rink of Dreams and welcome the skaters, along with Senators players Erik Karlsson and Milan Michalek, Senators General Manager Bryan Murray and Senators head coach Paul MacLean.
The Construction of the Rink of Dreams was funded by the Sens Foundation, Hockey Canada and the City of Ottawa along with local partners and construction companies.
The 12,500 square foot oval ice surface is a refrigerated outdoor skating facility situated on Marion Dewar Plaza at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West and is one of the largest outdoor rinks in the City. The rink features LED lighting, a heated change hut and picnic tables and benches. It operates annually from November to March seven days a week and serves as a community space during the spring and summer months. The City works closely with the National Capital Commission (NCC) and other organizers to complement the many festivals and events in the downtown core.
The 2012-2013 skating season was launched with the official opening on November 30, 2012 and official closing on March 31, 2013, resulting in 120 skating days (2 days of closure due to weather). The Rink of Dreams was enjoyed by 59,672 skaters during supervised hours.
Rink of Dreams Accepts Regroupement des gens d'affaires de la Capitale nationale (RGA) Project of the Year Award
Photo by Martin Roy, LeDroit
Left to right: Yannick Allard, Regroupement des gens d'affaires de la Capitale nationale (RGA); Mayor Watson;Danielle Robinson, Senators Foundation; and Councillor Mathieu Fleury
At a gala event on April 20, 2013 at the Ottawa Convention Centre, representatives from the City and the Ottawa Senators Foundation accepted the Project of the Year award for the Rink of Dreams from the Regroupement des gens d'affaires de la Capitale nationale (RGA).
The RGA recognizes businesses and organizations that have distinguished themselves for the performance of their company, their social or community commitment and their recognition of bilingualism's importance in business.
January 25, 2012
The ribbon is cut on January 25, 2012.