New outdoor rink opens in Stittsville with help from former Senators player

There’s a new skating rink in the capital that promises to provide an intimate experience through dense forest.

With a former Ottawa Senators hockey player among the owners, it’s clear the ice will be perfect.

Chris Neil helped transform a patch of forest into a silky smooth skating rink, winding through two kilometers of dense brush.

Icelynd Skating Trails located at 6865 Fernbank Rd. in Stittsville, opened on Friday after years of planning and months of preparation.

“We’re thrilled it’s finally here and seeing people coming through the door is awesome,” says Neil, who has owned the vacant lot for over 15 years.

“The skating rink is fully lit for night skating and hopefully within a week or two we will have more lanes open and all in all we hope to have five kilometres.”

To maintain the extensive skating network, there are three Zamboni and the track is professionally maintained. There’s also a near NHL-sized outdoor rink, which is available for groups to rent.

“I love being on an ODR and having the rink boards and the glass and everything light up, I’ve always had that vision.” said Neil.

Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, cost $18 for adults and $12 for children and seniors. The cost of renting the ODR starts at $250 and concession stands are cash only.

Icelynd Skating Trails is open Tuesday through Thursday, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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