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Address: Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B8, Canada
Phone Number: 613-239-5234
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Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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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Bucket List Dream - Winter Skating

Worth the drive from the states to enjoy ice skating on the Rideau Canal. Makes me not want to ever skate in an indoor rink again! Not too crowded, food stands and heated centers... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Northern VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Worth the drive from the states to enjoy ice skating on the Rideau Canal. Makes me not want to ever skate in an indoor rink again! Not too crowded, food stands and heated centers are convenient and the signs telling you where you are along the way are helpful. Even learned some history. The ice conditions are what you would... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Come here during the winter! bring your own skates! BEAVER TAILS!!!! (not a real beaver tail its just the name of a food) I mean the ice is not gonna be as nice as a skating rink because there is no zamboni but still, It's and experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This is a UNESCO world heritage site, so you have to experience when you're in Ottawa..and it's free! In the Winter the canal becomes the world's largest skating rink. It's very entertaining the skate the full 7km. Make sure to dress warm but there are plenty of pit stops to keep warm and have a warm cup of tea/coffee/choco/cider or... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

I had heard from many people skating the Rideau was on their bucket list. Now I know why. It is beyond beautiful and the feeling you get from skating this 8km long stretch is beyond words. Check the skate conditions the morning of your jaunt and dress warmly, it can get really cold on the return skate to the city.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

It is a nice place for ice skating during the winter. I have been there in early February when the Winterlude festival was happening. The ice sculptures were amazing and the atmosphere along the canal was very nice. Beaver tails kiosks were a good stop. Some years before I visited the canal during Tulip Festival (month of May ). Completely... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

It's a beautiful place - heart touching zone. I went in March and all were full of snow and a cold day but I'm sure summer time it is a fabulous

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

The canal is 15 kms long round trip with markers along the way. With huts along the way there are stopping points for beavertails, hot chocolate, snacks and more with a few fire pits, washrooms and amex bonuses for diversity. With bridges above and change huts at different entry points, this is a fun activity as long as you dress... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Great time ice skating on the canal and having a beaver tail. We call them elephant ears or funnel cakes. Bottom line is skating down the canal is a cool experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

It was cold when we went skating on the canal. Even our 2 year old had a good time though. We skated from Rideau at km 0 to about 3.5, ate some Beaver Tails had free hot apple cider and headed back. Cold skating against the wind but great family fun.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

2nd time here in winter, such fun, bring your own skates, $$$ to rent. 7 km of skating, winterlude has free bus service each way

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