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Rideau Canal

Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B8, Canada
613-239-5234
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$32*
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93%
Ranked #3 of 98 Attractions in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Trails, Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Ice skating, Walking, Driving
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Owner 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, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

You just have to take your loved ones visiting Ottawa for a skate on the Canal. I like to enter from Dow's Lake so you have easy parking access and warm restaurants waiting! It also gives you a good small skate to reach the local Never Tail stand (that is the point of skating right!?).

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Markham, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

This is a Canadian Jewel in Winter, get your skates, go at night, dress warm.......because it's Ottawa. This and snowmobiling is as Canadian as it gets. January and February are your best bets to get good ice. You will be in good company with hundreds of others.

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Vancouver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

What a wonderful route for any way you like to get around. Great scenery. Take a tour and hear the fascinating history too!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

My husband and I walked the canal from the city centre to the river. We have each been in Ottawa many times before, and we have seen the canal. However, neither of us have ever walked all the way to the river. Definitely worth the walk! We got to see the park staff operating the old canal lock doors -... More

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Evansville, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

There are riverwalks by the canal since we went there in early November so the trees there tunred red or yellow which was very beautiful. There are people relaxing on benches or jogging along. It's very nice and pieceful place. I recommend the area by the Paliament Hill.

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Estoril, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

This beautiful canal is one of the ex-libris of Otawa and you can't miss it, because it crosses the center of town! It remains in use today! It's a Unesco World Heritage site! You can take fantastic photos there! And also take a boat tour, the best way to appreciate it!

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Nothing like it in the world! A must see...Skaters in winter or boaters in summer. Clean and beautiful and the homes and areas surrounding it are also breathtaking!!

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

The Rideau Canal is beautiful all year long and not only a great scenic addition to Ottawa but a recreational goldmine. Boating in the summer and skating in the winter - even just jogging or walking along it on either side in spring or fall with all the leaves changing. Well worth getting out and enjoying on your own or... More

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Norwich, Connecticut, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

I'd love to go back in the winter and skate! Looks just like the stories of winter skating - a al Hans Christian Anderson.

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Beautiful canal. You can skate along the canal. You can bring your own or rent skates. Great to walk along the canal as well.

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