Rideau Hall sent out a press release last week announcing that the Rideau Hall Skating Rink is open for the season. Several cool (pardon the pun) things about this:
- How many heads of state around the world
a) have a skating rink on their grounds
b) open it to the public?
I'm betting the Governor General is the only one.
- It's historic. The rink opened in 1872. Ottawa historian Paul Kitchen believes that it is the oldest continually operating skating rink anywhere. Lord Stanley's (who created the whole Stanley Cup thing) had five sons and a daughter played hockey on the rink over 100 years ago.
- It's a beautiful setting, surrounded by huge trees, and immaculately maintained.
- It is free and open to the public on weekends. More info here.
Related: Ottawa Skating Guide