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Rideau Canal

Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B8, Canada
613-239-5234
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Ranked #4 of 146 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Beautiful in every season, spring time tulips, summer boat tours, fall colors and the longest skating rink in the world in winter. Don't forget to eat a Beaver Tail

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Quebec City, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Great parks along the canal. Had a picnic with my girlfriend. There was no parking where we went, but wee could park in the streets.

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Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

While my Wife I and chose not to take one of the cruises we did walk along the canal and it is always a lovely walk especially near the locks and parliament.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

The canal and the small pathway next to it looked romantic. A must visit. You can walk along the canal.

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Putrajaya, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

This is the largest and longest skating rink in the world. You can bring your own skates or rent them at the concession booth.

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Canal was lovely. We went running, walking, and biking along it so visited several times during our stay. Flat and easy to use with clear directional markings which were adhered to by all. Beautiful at all times of the day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

If you know how to skate come here in the winter when it is frozen over it is fantastic! You get to skate along the whole Rideau Canal with various vendors along the canal like indian popcorn vendors and beaver tails! Tasty treats and a fun time!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Me and my family love going to the canal whenever we have spare time, it is a good place to visit during any time of the year!

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Burlington, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Whenever I am in Ottawa I look forward to running along the canal. I have found that I prefer the west side... but the east is v good also. I stay in a hotel downtown, so access is easy.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Yes, it's a lovely canal, but the best way to enjoy it is in motion -- either skate or ride a bicycle. Best is to rent a bike on the canal at Wellington, and do a loop -- canal to the locks, then the experimental farm and over to the Ottawa River, then a lovely ride up the river. Quite... More

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