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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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Montreal, Pq, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Lots of space, great maps to identify where you are and help you decide how far to walk, and lovely, natural experience in the middle of the city.

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Middletown, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Ottawa is a great city for bicycling and one of the nicest bike paths extends along both sides of the Rideau Canal. We rented bikes at the excellent shop right on the canal, rode to Hog's Back Falls, continued to the Rideau River trail, stopped at ByWard Market, and returned to our starting point. The paths are all well maintained... More

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We took a cruise on the canal from Kingston to Ottowa (Ontario Waterway Cruises). What a spectacular experience to go through locks!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

I have to preface my comments - we did visit on a sunny afternoon. The canal winds it's way through the city with walking and cycling tracks along the banks. The canal glistens in the sunlight. At the city centre, there are a number of busts of significant service people worth looking at and it is only a short walk... More

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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

The Rideau Canal is always worth a visit when in the Ottawa area. There are activities such as boat tours, kayak rentals, and lots of paths to walk, run or cycle along. It is always clean, safe and enjoyable to spend some time along this historic gem of waterways.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Beautiful in winter or summer, running along side or skating down the center! The parkways on either side are great to see the entire canal.

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moncton nb, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

It was amazing to walk along the famous Rideau Canal along with all the joggers and bike riders. Ottawa is certainly a healthy city to live in with all the amenities provided for them. Ottawa is very clean and lots to see if you enjoy walking. If you like to eat, you will surely find a restaurant to your liking...visit... More

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

What else could I say? There is nothing more quintessentially Canadian than spending an afternoon skating and enjoying poutine or beavertails. The canal has become an annual tradition when I'm visiting my Ottawa friends.

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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We took a wonderful tour down the Rideau Canal, which is one of the best ways to appreciate the canal. Our tour guide was wonderful and he provided us with all the history of the canal. It is a wonderful way to see the city

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Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I run along the canal on a weekly basis - I live nearly half hour away but is well worth the commute. The scenery is beautiful in every season and there is always tons of others running along the canal as well.

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