NCC hopes Rideau Canal Skateway will open before New Years Day

By Alex Robinson, 1310 News, December 28, 2018

Despite a small setback due to mild temperatures, the National Capital Commission hopes the Rideau Canal will be open to skaters by New Years Day.

Freezing rain and warmer weather prevented ice making crews from working on the canal Friday. But the skateway's senior manager, Bruce Devine said the delay should not be more than a day or so, as colder temperatures are expected to return Saturday.

"We still have our fingers crossed to have one section open hopefully before January 1," he said.

Devine said the snow that fell before the freezing rain Thursday night likely helped to protect the ice. He said crews will be back at work tomorrow and will likely use scrapers on the ice.

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