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Rideau Canal

Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B8, Canada
613-239-5234
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Ranked #4 of 136 attractions in Ottawa
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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Kapuskasing, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Trails on each side are well managed and it is easy to cross at several points - we crossed at the lovers bridge. Even though it is close to Center town, the feeling is relaxed and pleasant.

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Medicine Hat, Canada
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

The Rideau Canal would be an amazing feat of engineering, but is especially so, considering it was built in the 1820's and 30's. The Locks between Parliament Hill and the Chateau Laurier are a sight to behold, especially when they are in use. In the winter, the canal is open for skating when weather and conditions permit, and there are... More

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Mountain View, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Be sure to visit it in winter - at that time Rideau Canal is open for skating. Otherwise, you can just take a walk in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Come for a skate in January or February. You'll be glad you did. If you come during Winterlude (February), there will be ice sculptures, artwork and events all along the canal. If not, there's still a nice peaceful skate and the opportunity to skate up to a concession stand for a beavertail and coffee!

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

In winter you can skate from Little Italy to downtown Ottawa, and you can stop at one of the three Beaver Tail huts for a one of a kind treat! In the summer there are many beautiful spots along the canal, in Ottawa, and outside too! Long walks along the canal will bring you to beautiful spots for reading, thinking... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

the rideau canal is always a nice place to go see in ottawa especially when someone decide to take their boat down the canal its fun to see the gates being opened manually and the boat making its way to its destination

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

The Rideau Canal with it's 7km through the city is lovely year round, whether you want to walk or cycle on the bike path on either side through the city's most lively neighbourhoods, skate on it in winter. If you have a boat it's also lovely to cross from Kingston to the Ottawa River. Ideal for families, students, lovers, bikers,... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Great for skating in Winter either for pleasure & skating back & forth to work - very pleasant walks or jogging in the Summer! I have been several times over the years with friends, as a couple & solo.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

If you come to Ottawa, the top thing to do is visit the Rideau Canal. You can enjoy it from a tour boat, at a great restaurant like the Canal Ritz, or just strolling or biking alongside. The canal itself has tremendous history and represents an exceptional feat of engineering. Today it's home to recreation in both summer and winter... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Most people do not look forward to winter, but, here we always do because we wait for the canal to freeze up. In the winter, people will skate back and forth to work and in summer, nothing better than taking a stroll along the canal. Always events happening around the canal and you can always stop by all the attractions.... More

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