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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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Pleasant, Historic, Close to Grand Attractions

I live in the Nation's Capital and, as an avid boater, have taken the time to 'sail' up and down this historic waterway. It links the Ottawa River, at the base of Parliament... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I live in the Nation's Capital and, as an avid boater, have taken the time to 'sail' up and down this historic waterway. It links the Ottawa River, at the base of Parliament Hill, to Kingston, Ontario, just meters away from Fort Henry and Lake Ontario. It is operated by Parks Canada and features a series of locks along its... More 

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Schaumburg, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You get to witness how the city manages this age old canal for private boats. The canal itself flows in to the Ottawa river. The walking/ biking trail is peaceful and tranquil and is just so amazing. You can spend at least 2 hours taking in the scenery and the tranquility and in the process take some fabulous pictures.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Skate or boat or just walk along the edges, the Rideau Canal is one of our Capital's most beautiful attractions. It has the ability to calm you, or to excite you with its winter skates from one end to the other. In summer, have a picnic by its tranquil banks or bike along its formal paths and take in the... More 

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ottawa, Ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A wonderful spot to walk, bike, or boat. Peaceful scenery. A quiet spot within the city to relax and enjoy a summer day.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A summer walk along the canal from the heart of Ottawa to Dows Lake is a perfect way to enjoy the Ottawa experience. To the Restaurants at the mid way point and at the Dows Lake to the kayakers and large boats slowly drifting by to the beautiful flower gardens along the way, nothing like it. Don't forget the winter... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

old school lock system operated by human power couldn't believe it. a must see in Ottawa at night great photo opp to be had. a little dangerous since it is open with no rails so keep kids back. loved it

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Just standing on the bridge and looking at the canal is a sight to behold but walking along beside it - imagine a canal right downtown in the city where you can enjoy ducks, swans, geese and other fowl on the water. Plus watch people - always fun.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

To describe Ottawa's Rideau Canal is difficult for me because I do not have the words to express what a truly wonderful experience this is. It gives me such a sense of peace and calm just looking at it. In the spring you can pick your choice of travel to experience the beauty of thousands of tulips blooming around it.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Rideau Canal is a wonderfully beautiful place to stroll, walk, run or bike (or skate in the winter). It travels through residential areas, treed parks and the downtown to the parliament buildings. It is a pathway not to miss when visiting our Capital Region.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Such a tranquil location, yet engenders a renewal of energy. Be sure and add this to your trip to Ottawa.

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