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Rideau Canal

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Address: , Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B8, Canada
Phone Number: 613-239-5234
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Activities: Ice skating, Walking, Driving
Description: One of the oldest landmarks in Ottawa, this canal is filled with boats in...
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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What a treat to be able to watch the boats travel through the canal. It was a highlight of our visit to Ottawa. and was worth taking the time to walk down to this UNESCO heritage... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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St. Stephen, Canada
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St. Stephen, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

What a treat to be able to watch the boats travel through the canal. It was a highlight of our visit to Ottawa. and was worth taking the time to walk down to this UNESCO heritage site to see the locks operating as originally constructed..

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Ottawa, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

The one time Rideau Canal Experience was one of the better tourist attractions in downtown Ottawa . Not only could you see boats coming up the locks but the highlight was to take a boat cruise down the Rideau canal . Unlike Peterborough that made their locks cruise part of their main tourist attractions, those in charge of the Rideau... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Great winter destination with skating on the canal, camp fires on the ice surface, hot chocolate huts and more. 15 kms round trip and can be walked but it is ice. Due to volume of skaters, ice gets chippy and cut with grooves so watch where you are skating but great views in the centre of the city.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

We were fascinated to watch the boats going through the locks and then walked along the side of the lovely canal. It is very busy with walkers, cyclists and runners, so beware.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed a lovely walk around canal on a sunny day. There is a small museum near the château and can get a boat to go on the water also. Lots of people walking and riding bikes.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Awesome pathways for running and walking. It is worth watching boats pass through the locks by chateau Laurier.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The canal is a great place for water sports like kayaking or canoing. In winter, it is also home to a natural skating rink.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

You can't come to Ottawa and not take a visit to the canal! The canal is perfect at any time of the year. Runners love it because of the nice paved running route along both sides of the canal. You can bike ride, roller blade, skate board - whatever you like. Take a blanket and find a spot for a... More 

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Calgary
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Okay so Ottawa has fun here in the winter and the lock system is kinda cool and it does add scenic interest but.....all the hype? Really?

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

A beautifully scenic walk along the canal. Lots a fun people watching too! Take a half hour to wall to canal and breathe in the fresh air!

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