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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This canal extends all the way from Kingston to Ottawa. It was great to see lots of pleasure boats going through the canal at the time making their way down to the Ottawa river. Nice park area to walk along beside the canal and see how the manually open the locks. It is a great spot to take photos.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We had perfect weather to ride bikes all the way down the canal then across the river into Quebec. Well maintained trail but there was always some show off trying to pass when he shouldn't. Take a camera for some great pictures too.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

It's just so peaceful and quiet down there. Go for a walk, run or bike ride and enjoy the sights of Ottawa. I've also done a guided boat cruise on the canal (through Paul's) and it's been very good as we'll.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

If you ever want a nice stroll, a nice place to relax in the middle of a busy city this is a great option!

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Burlington, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We rented bikes at Rentabike and rode along the paved path that hugs the Rideau Canal. It was a very easy, pleasant ride. Not too expensive ($30 for two bikes). I recommend it as an activity for all ages.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

We went to see the locks in operation. There (I think) 7 from the city centre to the river in a very short length and it is fascinating to see the boats being lowered on lifted at each step. The canal itself also has towpaths so that you can walk or cycle along for as many miles as you wish.... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

Rideau Canal is a World Heritage Site that is so loved by Canadians all through the seasons! Although built originally for military purposes, it is serves as a recreational waterway between Kingston and Ottawa with a very picturesque setting. It has beautiful bike paths along it, at least in Ottawa. It runs through some of the beautiful parks I have... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

A working lock system that you won't see in many other places in the world. It's a great place to grab a lemonade or a hot tea weather depending, and just sit and relax for a few minutes

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Waterloo, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Walk along Rideau Canal is amazing. These days it is really humid and hot so it is better if you go during the evening or take plenty of water with you

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Ventura, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The locks of the Rideau Canal are interesting to watch. I don't know what the exact schedule is, but we saw them operating about 9:00 AM on an August weekday morning. The locks are manually operated and Parks staff (young men and women) have to follow the boats down (and presumably back up) seven sets of locks, cranking the gates... More

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