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Rideau Canal

Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B8, Canada
613-239-5234
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Ranked #4 of 147 Attractions in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Bodies of Water, Trails, Historic Sites
Activities: Ice skating, Walking, Driving
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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Vancouver, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Puts a touch of nature into downtown Ottawa. Nice to stroll along the edge of the canal on the pathways that run along it.

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Chippewa Bay, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

we visited in october and unfortunately the operation of the locks has ended for the season, would have been interesting to see the system in operation. system is visible from wellington, or by walkways and paths on both sides.

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Oakvill
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Ottawa has set up a 8km rink open as long as Mother Nature allows. Amazing outdoor adventure. Bring your mitts and skates and some money for hot chocolate and beaver tails.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Something that can be done and seen for free. The canal is beautiful . You can skate on it in the winter and boat on it in the summer. When I was there this previous time , I just walked along the canal and it was very peaceful, something great for the early morning .

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Barrie, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

The Rideau Canal is so pretty to look at! There are trees surrounding it and the fall colors were in full splendor.I hope to return here in the winter so I can skate on it.

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Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Have spent many years in the past skating on this canal in the winter and boating on it in the summer. Was just there this time for a walk along and canal. With the Fall leaves it was magnificient. A great "free" activity to be enjoyed by all ages and fitness levels.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

The bike paths around Ottawa were awesome! Miles (kilometers really) and miles of paved trails, much of it lighted at night and safe! Loved it!

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Riverview, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

The drive along the Queen Elizabeth Drive and Colonial By Drive is beautiful along the canal. It is so beautiful, especially in the fall, with the changing of the leaves. So much to do around the canal.

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Point Reyes Station, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

No matter the season the canal is beautiful. Walk along the shore, grab a water taxi to Quebec, watch the boats in the locks. It's amazing!

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Bethesda, MD
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Got lucky and saw some small craft work their way up the system of locks while waiting for the aqua taxi

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