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Address: Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B8, Canada
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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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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Such a lovely walk on a lovely day

The weather may have influenced my judgement, but such a serene and peaceful walk by the river today and the sun shining. A throughly enjoyable experience it your tired to the... read more

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Warsaw, Poland
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The weather may have influenced my judgement, but such a serene and peaceful walk by the river today and the sun shining. A throughly enjoyable experience it your tired to the building and streets.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Its an engineering marvel built by the British to transport the material and goods during the war. The gates at one end are still mechanical and its great to see them working. we see the small private boats being maneuvered across the canal system with ease. The entire canal system is well maintained . Great place to work around the... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I visited the canal in Feb with my wife, had a lot of fun skating of the 7.8km canal. I would suggest wearing knee pads, as there were quite a few holes and cracks in the ice. There are a few rest stops at ice level along the way where you can pick up something to eat or a hot... More 

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St. John's, Canada
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Returning from Lansdowne Park we followed the canal back to downtown. It was great. The weather was perfect, not hot or cold with a nice breeze. The trail followed both sides of the canal so we crossed back and forth over the bridges as we worked our way back, Getting a great view of the canal. Since it was a... More 

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Waterdown, Canada
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful place to go for a walk! If you're visiting Ottawa I would highly recommend taking a walk down the Rideau Canal.

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Heredia, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a great place to go for a walk. On one side you have parlament hill and on the other The Chateau Laurier. It has great scenery and its kind of a unique place to walk because of the buildings and landscape around it. Its also close to the major attractions in ottawa.

Thank Ale00783
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have lived in Ottawa for many years but I still love to walk, to skate and enjoy our historic canal! It is so pretty winding through the city and I always enjoyed the lovely sunsets just beyond the Parliament Buildings which you can see so well from the canal. The Winter Carnival is so lively with all its skaters... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

And engineering marvel consider that the Rideau Canal was built some 190 years ago in a malaria infested lands and with technology and tools of the early19th century. The locks are still operated in the same way they were opened and closed some 180 years ago.

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Canton, New York
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a beautiful area to take a walk. The water was a little low when we were here and there was still some snow on the sides of the river but it was really nice.

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Niagara, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a great time exploring the area. Loved the sites. Did a river tour, great history, fun times. Would do it again.

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