The cold winter appears to have been good for the Rideau Canal Skateway as more skating days led to the highest number of visits in almost a decade, according to numbers from the National Capital Commission.
(Photo courtesy Ottawa Tourism)
The Skateway drew a total of over 1.2 million visits this winter. That’s the best turnout since the 2004-2005 season, which began in late December, lasted until mid-March and drew 1.3 million visits.
The skateway was open to skaters for a total of 58 days this winter. That’s the highest number of skating days since the 2009 season, which started on Jan. 1 and lasted until early March.
Since 1995, the canal has been open to skaters for an average of 45 days.
It’s also higher than each of the past few years.
The 2012-13 season had 835,000 skaters, while the 2011-12 season had 439,774. The Skateway drew 932,331 skaters in 2010-11.
Only one other season since December 1992 saw more visits to the Skateway than this past wineter. The 2000-01 season had just over 1,000 more visits than 2004-05.