'This is Canada': Skaters glide across Parliament Hill's first ice rink

From CTV - December 7, 2017

A skating rink on Parliament Hill that gained national attention for its multi-million-dollar price tag and laundry list of rules opened to the public on Thursday.

Dozens of skaters who reserved slots were given 40-minute intervals to pack in as many laps as possible.

The Canada 150 rink was designed to celebrate the sesquicentennial, and it rests on the east lawn of Parliament Hill in the shadow of the Peace Tower. Its the first time the government commissioned a rink on the public lawn.

The rink was initially expected to cost $5.6 million, but that number could surpass $7-million after the government extended the ice time for Ottawas Winterlude festival.

More than 40,000 skaters will have the chance to try the rink before it closes on Feb. 28.

Those keen to strap on their skates will have to abide by some rules. Among the things banned from the ice: food, drinks, hockey sticks, pucks, figure skating, fast skating, and foul language.

Skating is free, but skaters must reserve their spots in advance. Passes are made available 48 hours before the desired skating day.

The freshly flooded rink was packed on Thursday as skaters glided across the new ice. Chris Francis pulled his daughter out of school so she could be among the first to try the rink.


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