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Rideau Canal

Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B8, Canada
613-239-5234
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Ranked #4 of 136 attractions in Ottawa
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 April 16, 2014 NEW

The Rideau Canal with it's 7km through the city is lovely year round, whether you want to walk or cycle on the bike path on either side through the city's most lively neighbourhoods, skate on it in winter. If you have a boat it's also lovely to cross from Kingston to the Ottawa River. Ideal for families, students, lovers, bikers,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Great for skating in Winter either for pleasure & skating back & forth to work - very pleasant walks or jogging in the Summer! I have been several times over the years with friends, as a couple & solo.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

If you come to Ottawa, the top thing to do is visit the Rideau Canal. You can enjoy it from a tour boat, at a great restaurant like the Canal Ritz, or just strolling or biking alongside. The canal itself has tremendous history and represents an exceptional feat of engineering. Today it's home to recreation in both summer and winter... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Most people do not look forward to winter, but, here we always do because we wait for the canal to freeze up. In the winter, people will skate back and forth to work and in summer, nothing better than taking a stroll along the canal. Always events happening around the canal and you can always stop by all the attractions.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Regardless of when you go to visit this attraction, it is a brilliant gem of Ottawa. If you visit the city, then visit the Rideau Canal.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

In the summer time the Canal really shines with all kinds of events surrounding it. The tulip festival in may all the nice boats going back and forth between locks and and a nice place to canoe.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Year Round favourite! Skate for miles in the winter, walk or run as you peruse the spring tulip festival, paddle through the city in summer by kayak, canoe or paddle boat. Sparkling waters, beautiful surroundings and lots o fenergetic people to watch! If you need a break there's good food, friendly service and great views at Dow's Lake.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The canal runs through the city and if you don't know it is there, you can easily miss it! You can run, cycle and walk the 7km from one end of Dow's Lake to the Westin Hotel/Chateau Laurier. If it is Summertime, definitely stop by the lock station at the Chateau Laurier (below the Wellington Street bridge) to see the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The history of the canal is amazing. A boat trip allows you see all the attractions along the way and partake of the local color.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

i hate winter. i hate ice, i hate cold. I thought i had just a bad attitude so i gave it one more shot...nope,i hate winter

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