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Rideau Canal

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Address: Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B8, Canada
Phone Number: 613-239-5234
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One of the oldest landmarks in Ottawa, this canal is filled with boats in...

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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Great spot all year round

In winter, this canal becomes an ideal place for some ice skating action. Kids and adults play here or just to do a simple group practice.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

In winter, this canal becomes an ideal place for some ice skating action. Kids and adults play here or just to do a simple group practice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

While I was hoping that the weather would have allowed me the intended opportunity to skate the canal, I still loved being able to walk its length. Was fascinated learn in it one of the few (if only) UNESCO heritage sites in North America. The chance to see it's structural and operational inter-workings was very educational and interesting!

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Thank Christine M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We actually went to Ottawa principally to skate on the Canal, so the disappointment was deep when warm weather struck, and the Canal was closed for skating. However, we walked almost the entire length and enjoyed that very much. It's a great walk, and perhaps next time we will be fortunate enough to skate.

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Thank Tim K
Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

During the summer the Rideau canal is a great place for walks! & during the winter its a beautiful place to skate with 12k of frozen ice its the perfect workout in a gorgeous setting

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you are visiting during Winter and it's open for skating, it's as much Ottawa experience as maybe visiting Parliament.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Rideau Canal Skateway is finally re-opening today after a very slow start due to a warm December and several record-warm days in January and February. Only parts of the whole surface are available today but a promise of very cold nights coming up should allow the balance to be open by the Valentine's weekend. Hopefully the NCC will be... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My husband takes his bike and I with my wheelchair love strolling along the canal. We take breaks and read different signs that commemorate our capital. Relaxing and great view.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

even people like me who are afraid about ice can do ice skating in the rideau canal and no need to the appropriate shoes

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There is a few km of nicely finished ice if you would care to bring ur skates with u when visiting Ottawa during winterlude. I love it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Longest skating rink in the world! Be sure to buy some Beavertails along the way. During Winterlude... ice sculptures, music, outdoor shows, doesn't get any better!!! I'm a local, and this is an annual, must do visit. Weather impacts, but crew does a great job maintaining ice surface.

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