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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 canal ride

We loved the 1.5 hour canal ride. Nice way to see parts of the city without walking. Loading dock and tickets were right across from the Westin Hotel. Very relaxing ride.

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Altona, Canada
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Altona, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

We loved the 1.5 hour canal ride. Nice way to see parts of the city without walking. Loading dock and tickets were right across from the Westin Hotel. Very relaxing ride.

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Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Recently did a fundraiser for mental health by running 780 km along the Trent Severn and Rideau Canals, finishing in Ottawa, and loved the last section through the city of Ottawa approaching Parliament Hill. A beautiful peaceful walkway along the canal.

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Steinbach, Manitoba
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We took a lovely cruise down the Rideau Canal. It lasted for 1.5 hr. and was narrated by staff. It was a beautiful day but the boat was equipped to manage rain with fold down plastic curtains. This is a new electric boat that holds 100 people. It is comfortable with good opportunities to view the canal. The only problem... More 

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Nice trip on a sunny summer afternoon with good commentary throughout the experience. The seats are not the most comfortable but there is a good size washroom on board

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was a lovely experience. Aside from just being fun and interesting to watch, the guides were also very helpful. The water taxi at the base was a nice addition.

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Brockville, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Stunning views over the canal and into Quebec and over Ottawa. Worth walking down to the locks. Only down side is the beggers sitting around on the bridge, but other than that stunning!

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We took a cruise down the canal, which is well maintained, surrounded by some good parklands, and is quiet right in the middle of town. The boat is all electric, fits in well preserving this lovely canal. Had a good commentary of the history etc. Good break in the middle of town.

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Bavaria, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

more interesting is the history it has than to see it... we went in April, so it wasn't summer and it wasn't winter... in summer it is full of water and some little boats may sail there... In winter it is frozen and you can see locals ice skating as well as some places where they sell you like "maple... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a great place for an easy stroll or a decent run. The west bank is treed and shady while the east bank is more open. Closer to downtown there is access to shopping, restaurants, pubs and tourist attractions. This historic landmark is a big draw in the winter when it is transformed into the worlds longest skating rink... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful scenery and a safe cycle path. We hired bikes and with a map and some directions cycled all the way to Hogs Head. We return via the Rideau River path which was equally good! We stopped for breakfast enroute and the whole trip took about 3 1/2 hours at a fair pace! Great way to experience the city!

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