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Rideau Canal

Address: Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B8, Canada
Phone Number: 613-239-5234
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Ranked #4 of 250 things to do in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bodies of water, Trails, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Ice skating, Walking, Driving
Owner description: One of the oldest landmarks in Ottawa, this canal is filled with...
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Type: Bodies of water, Trails, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Ice skating, Walking, Driving
Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Owner description: One of the oldest landmarks in Ottawa, this canal is filled with boats in the summer and becomes the "World's Longest Skating Rink" in the winter.
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

My latest skate was earlier this past Feb. I have skated many times over the years on the Canal, and I notice that the activities just keep getting better. The km markers are great milestones and photo ops, and there are many on-ice stops to warm up with a hot chocolate. Ottawa winters are notoriously bitter cold, but this is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

We skated on the canal on February 21st. It snowed all day long and it was bitterly cold, but we loved every minute. Lots of other people, the snow as being cleared, great views, we all had a Beaver Tail around the fire--what more could you want? We stayed for two and a half hours. I've skated there many times... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

It was Family long weekend and we stayed in Ottawa for a couple of nights. The cold was severe! We drove to Rideau canal just to see it because nobody really believed that it was possible to skate in such a cold day.... When we came we were surprised that we were not alone... People were skating. So we decided... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

First time on the canal and had a great day. Not too cold, no trouble renting skates, had hot cider and Beavertails of course. Ice was pretty rutted and lots of people out on a warmish Sunday morning but still a good time. Unique experience for sure.

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Pembroke, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

You can't go to Ottawa in January or February and not skate on the Rideau Canal! It's a great time, skating outside and just enjoying the crisp air. Of course some days, it's a little too crisp, such as when it's -40 with windchill. Bundling up may be necessary sometimes! Also, the outdoor canal ice is rougher than what you'd... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

The Canal has 7km (one way) of great ice to skate. There are little way stations along the skate and barrels with warming fires. The ice gets groomed so it is always smooth. Lots of fun and exercise.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Walked 4kms on the canal (I am not an ice skater!). Bought hot chocolate from one of the many booths along the way. Heaven!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

The crowds are a little thinner, the concessions less crowded. The skate is an absolute must for winter visits to this region. They are approaching a record this season for most consecutive days open. Skates and sleds can be rented at Dow's Lake. BeaverTails and a Mexican food truck await at the first bend. Hourly parking available with discount for... More 

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Windsor, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

This is a piece of heritage is worth seeing in Ottawa! A technological marvel, well preserved and well located. Beautiful place for photos. I wish I could return inthe winter for a sakte.

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PMQ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Having walked around the Canal on a previous trip in Summer I had to return in Winter to ice skate on the frozen canal. What a wonderful experience (along with the maple syrup taffy and the almost mandatory beaver tail served on the canal)

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