Originally Posted by nick c
I'm interested in ottawa camping mid to late Jan. Would like to skate the Rideau Canal. .
Hello Nick C,
Rideau Heights Campsite is a typical "city fringe" facility -- mostly long-term residents but with a fair number of daily rental sites. It is closed for the winter, no services like washroom and showers, but electricity is available and if you are self-contained, Raoul Deschamps, the Manager, whom I called, could probably fit you in.
It is an adequate, quiet location, convenient to downtown and the Rideau Canal, just off of old Highway 16, with service stations nearby and full strip malls not much further away.
BUT, to quote my 7-year-old granddaughter, after our New Year's thaw "winter is ruined". The Canal has not yet opened for skating. We will probably have enough time to repair winter though before your planned arrival. Keep an eye on the weather and the National Capital Commission (NCC) website for opening dates.
You are in for a treat! After a long-distance skate here, you'll never again be content to just skate around on an ordinary rink.
I'm PM ing to you Raoul's phone # and e-mail. If interested, contact him to work out the details.