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Rideau Canal Skateway reopens

Where can and should you skate on the capital's world heritage site? We have you covered.

Skateway opened for the 2018-19 season on Dec. 30

People skate under Queen Elizabeth Driveway to Patterson Creek on the Rideau Canal Skateway on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018. It was the earliest start to the skating season since 2004. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

The entire Rideau Canal Skateway is back from a soggy reprieve.

The 7.8-kilometre skating rink closed Feb. 23 because that weekend's rain and above-zero temperatures could damage the ice's surface.

It got back into shape Wednesday morning.

The skating season began Dec. 30.

The NCC's interactive map tracking ice conditions is updated every morning and early afternoon:

There are also webcams at three locations along the skateway if you want to sneak a peek at how it's looking.

Last season, the canal was open for 35 days between Jan. 5 and Feb. 21.