Rideau Canal Skateway closed for 2014-15 season

The red flags went up on the Rideau Canal Skateway at 10 p.m. Monday, ending a record-breaking 59 consecutive days of skating.

Canal closed for season on March 9 after record-breaking 59 consecutive skating days

The Massie family skate along the Rideau Canal Skateway on the eve of Family Day, Sunday Feb. 17, 2008. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

The red flags went up on the Rideau Canal Skateway at 10 p.m. Monday, ending a record-breaking 59 consecutive days of skating.

Skating conditions Monday afternoon were considered poor as the temperature hovered around 4 C. With the temperature expected to reach about 9 C on Tuesday and Wednesday, the NCC said Monday evening that the skating season is officially over.

The 45th skating season began Jan. 10 with a 3.6-kilometre section opened between Somerset Street and the Bank Street Bridge, excluding Patterson Creek.

Patterson Creek opened on Jan. 11, and the 800-metre downtown section opened Jan. 13.

The remaining 3.2 kilometres of ice from Carleton University to Bank Street opened soon after, creating 7.8 kilometres of ice to skate on.

Last season, the Rideau Canal Skateway was open for 58 skating days between Dec. 31, 2013, and March 11, 2014.