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Rideau Canal

Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B8, Canada
613-239-5234
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Ranked #3 of 102 Attractions in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Trails, Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Ice skating, Walking, Driving
Owner description: One of the oldest landmarks in Ottawa, this canal is filled with...
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Type: Historic Sites, Trails, Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Ice skating, Walking, Driving
Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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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18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Coming to Ottawa, you hear about the Rideau Canal located downtown by the Parliament. In the summer time it is beautiful because you see a lot of boats along the canal, trees, people walking, jogging, rollerblading. You can ride your bike or rent one. In the winter you have one of the longest skating rink. You see many families, friends... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

If you like to walk in the city this is a nice oasis. I don't skate but I gather it's a great skating rink and yes the beaver tails are very yummy (pastries).

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Kuwait
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

It doesn't matter how old you are. You will enjoy it. I like the fact that I can walk or skate. It is for everyone :)

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We visited in December...after the summer boating/sightseeing and before the winter ice skating. So it's a nice canal to walk around, but definitely choose the right season!

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Fes-Boulemane Region, Morocco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Everyone, young and old, skates here once its frozen over. There are adults who skate to work and kids who just play. It's overall an extremely happy and memorable thing to visit in Ottawa.

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Ellenville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I have ruins of locks where I live but to see one that is in tact was incredible. The engineering that it took to create this is mind boggling. I couldn't stop admiring it.

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Always nice to walk next to the rideau canal. Healty and fresh air. Ottawa rideau is also fabulous in winter time

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Franklin, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I am not an ice skater but a friend of mine that lived and worked in Ottawa, skated to work every day during the winter months that the canal was frozen.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The Canal is in my hometown, and we have had the opportunity to take advantage of everything that it has to offer all year round. Whether it be for a stroll, jog, roller blade, ice skate or bike ride, the canal's multiple access points afford a ton of flexibility in terms of the length of your outing, and whether you... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

The canal is very scenic and kept very clean. Very delightful walk. The area was quiet and well lit despite being around dusk.

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