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Recommended Equipment

  • Avoid wearing figure skates. The picks tend to catch on bumps and cracks in the ice surface.
  • Dress warmly.
  • Wear a certified, properly fitting ski or hockey helmet to prevent head injuries.
  • Wrist guards, as well as elbow and knee protection, will help reduce your chance of injury.
  • You can rent helmets and wrist guards from Capital Skates locations on the Rideau Canal Skateway (at Rideau and CIBC Fifth Rest Area). A deposit ($) is required.

For more information about helmet safety, on and off the ice, visit the City of Ottawa website.

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