The National Capital Commission is set to open a stretch of the Rideau Canal Skateway Saturday. ((Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press))

A stretch of the Rideau Canal will be ready to skate Saturday morning.

The National Capital Commission said 2.4 km of canal ice between the Bank Street Bridge and the Pretoria Bridge will open to skaters at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Saturday's scheduled opening marks the 41st official year of the Rideau Canal Skateway.