The Rideau Canal Skateway: 50th Anniversary

The Rideau Canal skateway has been a fixture in Ottawa for 50 years now.  The canal ice was first polished up for public skating in 1971.  Since that first year, there have been a lot of developments.  Michel Prévost, a well-known historian in the region, recently published a brief history of the canal skateway in the daily Le Droit, under the title 'La patinoire du canal Rideau : Un joyau sur glace' (The Rideau Canal Skateway:  A Jewel on Ice).  

Michel has a special interest in the history of the Rideau Canal and its importance to the National Capital region.  A former chief archivist of the University of Ottawa, Michel demonstrates a tireless commitment to community projects despite his busy schedule as president of the Société d'histoire de l'Outaouais.  In 2007, he supported the nomination of the Rideau Canal as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  That same year, Michel led a walk about the building of the Rideau Canal for the first Jane's Walk in Ottawa.  Michel has been a walk leader for the Jane's Walk Ottawa-Gatineau festival every year since.

The photo above, taken in 2008, shows the Rideau Canal near Dow's Lake, with the changing huts and the Beavertail vendor.  Beyond that, you can see the section that leads to the Hartwell Locks, near Carleton University.

Michel's article was first published in Le Droit on January 17, 2021.  Link to the Le Droit article.   Link to our English translation.