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Rideau Canal

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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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Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B8, Canada
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I have been here both in the summer and in the winter. In the summer there is a lot of boats and in the winter there was a lot of people skating on the ice.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Thomas W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Loved the everything about it, such a breathtaking view, a must place to visit during the winter..wow

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank IAbeysinghe
Reviewed 4 days ago

As an engineer it was the first time that I was looking to a canal. The design was interesting for me. In November, there was snow all over this canal. I guess that in the summer this canal will be more beautiful. My overall grade...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Navid A
Reviewed 6 days ago

we love the rideau canal in the summer and wintertime. we visited this place several times. in the summer we made an excursion with a ship, in the winter we skated on the canal. this place is always a pleasure.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Peter Z
Reviewed 6 days ago

I was so happy to visit this year when the canal was frozen. Me and my friends had fun walking up and down the area. Unfortunately there weren't any skate rental areas which was disappointing.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Uchiha_rew
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Considering that this Canal was built nearly 200 years ago. . . it is kept in remarkably good condition by Parks Canada The canal in winter is a marvel. . . hundreds of folks skate to work daily, or just skate for pleasure on the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved walking along the canal and watching the boats get lowered or lifted. Great little tourist attraction all by itself.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Judi M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In the winter. I cant say much about it but that the view of it and the old engineering of it. It looked fantastic at night, with the lights surrounding, the depth of it especially from looking high above down to it like looking into...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Rockiroads
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The ice had just opened when we went so it was popular. Really long queues to get skates 40 mins in -12 c makes the wait seem like ages wrap up warm! Overall the ice wasn’t in great condition but we knew that before we...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank P8326DQandrewf
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Skating and kayaking on the canal are my faves! It's just fun to be on ice as a family, baby in the stroller. Beware of the holes on ice!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank mamaGL
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December 3, 2018|
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Response from FCRRanch | Reviewed this property |
I’m not sure of the quality and type of skates, but if particular, it is best to bring your own,
November 10, 2018|
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Response from UKTurkeyTrotter | Reviewed this property |
We stayed at Cartier place on Cooper near Elgin St. Good value for a centrally located suite type hotel with a reasonable kitchen, sitting area and bedroom. There's a regular supermarket just, just cross Elgin and carry on... More
July 17, 2018|
Response from Chris D | Reviewed this property |
YES! The trees should just be starting to turn colour, and the weather shouldn't be oppressively hot.