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Rideau Canal

Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B8, Canada
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Ranked #4 of 141 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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Durham, North Carolina
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55 reviews 55 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

There's a lot of history tied up in the Rideau Canal. It was built to allow troops to bypass the St. Lawrence River in the event America was to invade Canada. We didn't invade and the canal remains. It is a great place to stroll along, or sit on a bench and chill out. I've only been to Ottawa in... More

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Glos UK
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72 reviews 72 reviews
17 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Nice walk by pretty canal and locks. Great views over river whichever way you walk. Chipmunks and squirrels running around.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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80 reviews 80 reviews
15 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We hired bikes from the shop just across from the canal locks - go down the steps and it is hidden under the arches. The best way to quickly experience the canal has to be by cycling - there is a purpose prepared track which takes you all the way from the centre of town to the Hogs Back falls... More

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Callander, Ontario, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Was great well worth the cold, We skated 1/2 the canal. Then went to look at Ice sculpturs. Was amazing. And don't forget the beaver tails

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Ottawa, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Beautiful walking path (nicer on the east side of the canal). Boat tours at a reasonable price. Frequent bridges but never one at the exact spot you need it! Fun to see pleasure craft of all sizes plying the canal. There are several cafes along the way, including one at the Somerset bridge with an adult-size sandbox with lawn chairs... More

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Holmdel, New Jersey
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74 reviews 74 reviews
12 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

After we watched the Changing of the guards, we moved on to this site. We were able to see the operation of loaded and released of water thru different locks ( mini version of the Panama canal ) as couple of boats were going to the river. This is a great experience for my 11 yrs old son as we... More

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Barrie, Canada
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Nice "pop-up" restaurant/pub on the canal just north of the bridge at Somerset. Apparently this is only here for the summer with portable rest rooms and a nice sandy beach spot for the young ones to play in while you enjoy a cold one.

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Buderim, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We were lucky enough to be there as a couple of boats were gong through the locks. Lovely to see how they worked and of course there were a lot of photo opportunities. The locks are operated by hand by staff. The open spaces each side of the canals are well maintained and there is a lovely walk along the... More

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Perth, Australia
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90 reviews 90 reviews
24 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

interesting history regarding its creation, now a pleasure canal for tourists in Summer, turns into one of the longest skating rinks in the world for Winter, worth a canal boat ride and bicycle/walk

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Irondequoit, New York
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We were not aware of the historical significance. Nice safe place to walk along the canal day and night .

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