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Rideau Canal

Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B8, Canada
613-239-5234
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Ranked #4 of 144 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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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

It's a very relaxing walk and gets your mind off the stressful things in life. The scenery with the florals and greenery are very beautiful and the city does a good job of keeping this area well kept.

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Belleville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

You are able to walk and take in the sights. Very clean. Restaurants all near by and watering holes. Watch the yachts. You can go on several pedestrian walks that pass over canal. Give great views and photo opps

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

We come to Ottawa in august and the weather is really nice. I rent a bike from the hotel and ride it around the canal. The weather and the scenario of the city and the canal are fantastic. We ride for 2 hours and it keeps excited to ride for more. By the way, i heard in the winter the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Amazing locks - glad I was walking not boating down the river!! Nice views and lots of people walking, skating, or just enjoying the sunshine.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The review title says it all. Every city should aim to have a long walk/bike path like this. The Rideau Canal is an especially scenic one and it's nice that many business such as cafes and bike rentals have set up shop right near it. Loved Ottawa and this was a major contributor to my positive opinion of the city.

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

A really easy ride and a good way to see lots of the canal. There are several bike trails that lead from the canal and all are well sign-posted.

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Peterborough, ON
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The Canal was near our accomodation, so we went for a walk along it. We enjoyed looking at the buildings across the way, and the boats docked along the side. We walked along it to Wellington Street, crossed over, and walked down by the many Locks, down to the Ottawa River. Over 40 years ago, I enjoyed skating on the... More

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Port Coquitlam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Took the Paul's boat cruise on the canal. What a beautiful site and trip. The entire parkway is spectacular. Gorgeous homes along the journey.

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Sandhurst, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

A marvel of British engineering and problem solving at its best. A great legacy from the war with America. This is a wonderful scenic canal whether it is in the heart of Ottawa or at one of its many locks.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I love to canoe and kayak. Believe me, canoeing into downtown Ottawa via the canal is a must-do for all tourists. Pick your watercraft up at Dow's Lake and hit the water. Don't like to canoe? Rollerblade, job or bike along the extensive pathways. Like to lounge? Pick up a the paper, coffee and pastry in the Glebe or on... More

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