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Rideau Canal

Address: Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B8, Canada
Phone Number: 613-239-5234
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Ranked #3 of 134 Activities in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Trails, Bodies of Water, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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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Montreal, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW via mobile

I highly recommend the Rideau Canal in the winter as it turn into a skateway that runs 7.8 Kms long!!! The path has several areas where you can stop and refill your energy. I suggest downloading the free app as it gives you information about the weather, ice condition, maps and much more. An activity you can enjoy with the... More 

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Redwood Meadows, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

Nice community atmosphere. Even though it was a balmy Saturday afternoon, it was never terribly crowded.

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London, Canada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Had a amazing time, people were so happy and seemed to be having a wonderful time. Reminded me of candy land.

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Listowel, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

I always did want to skate on the canal.Last weekend I got the priviledge.Our family gave us a trip to Ottawa for Christmas and we all went last weekend.I am fascinated by the city itself .it is a beautiful place.The ice was Ok although it did not quite meet our expectations for a good rating.I think it could be flooded... More 

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Canton, Massachusetts
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Fresh air, exercise, scenery, Beaver Tails - all in beautiful downtown Ottawa! If you are lucky enough to be in Ottawa when the canal is frozen, you have to skate the Rideau Canal! There are several places along the canal to park and get onto the ice. You can change into your skates in one of the many huts and... More 

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

If you like outdoor ice skating, this is the place. Beautiful, can skate all night should you want. Get a hot chocolate and beaver tails somewhere. I recommend to skate the canal up to the Malone Grill, eat there and return. Total is a 16 km ride. I brought my Nordic Skates and really enjoyed the skating. The ice was... More 

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Verona, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Great time, skated the whole canal. Brought back lots of childhood memories plus my daughter got to enjoy it for the first time!

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Toronto, Ontario
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Beautiful outdoor recreation in the heart of the Capital. Skate, walk, pull a sleigh for 7km on the frozen Rideau Canal. Stop to take pictures along the way of the historic hotels and Parliament Buildings, enjoy a hot beverage or Beaver Tail from vendors set up right on the ice. Even cozy heated indoor buildings along the way shaped like... More 

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New Westminster, B.C.
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

I had always wanted to skate on the Rideau Canal and I finally got my wish. In fact, the first day that I had the opportunity was the first day this year that the entire canal was opened for skating. It was beautiful as we skated over 10k and took in the beaver tails and other goodies. Should hae had... More 

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Kitchener, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

There are places to rent skates by the hour and lots of little food stands (like beaver tails) along the canal. Take your family, go with a group of friends, go for a romantic couples skate - whatever! It's such a great way to spend an afternoon, skating on the canal. Absolutely loved it!

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