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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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Enjoy a relaxing, informative ride on a comfortable boat ideal for seeing the sights along the banks of the Rideau Canal, A very enlightened guide provides explanation for what... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Phoenix, AZ
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Enjoy a relaxing, informative ride on a comfortable boat ideal for seeing the sights along the banks of the Rideau Canal, A very enlightened guide provides explanation for what you're seeing. Highly recommend this experience!

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Winnipeg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We were only in Ottawa and had walked miles already but couldn't leave without a stroll down the Rideau Canal Would recommend everyone take some time out of their busy day to enjoy one of our countries gems !!!

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Edmonton
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The canal is very scenic and was looking wonderful when we saw the fireworks in the middle of the canal. It was like stars are glittering in the river.

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Fonthill, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The canal is a great place to walk or bike, miles of paths from the locks downtown and through residential areas. We went for a walk several mornings from out hotel when it was cooler. Lots of people out jogging, biking to work and a few boats cruised by. If you want a longer walk there is a trail that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A really amazing canal which is beautiful and we'll worth seeing. Lots of informative plaques which give lots of historical information.

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Saint John, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Canal is very cool, but probably not a highlight to most if you aren't interested in boating or engineering.

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Prince Albert, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An interesting experience as the to the workings of the Rideau Canal. The canal is still working the same way as when it was first out into service years ago.

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Fingal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We strolled from our hotel down to the locks at the Chateau Laurier. It was great as there were 2 boast going through the locks when we arrived. The staff manually opens and closes the locks as the boats enter and leave. Staff was friendly and informative. Unfortunately for us the Shop / office was not open until 10AM and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

To stand there and watch how this lock system operates in amazing. Each lock is operated manually by a crew of attendants who walk up and down the hill. Spend time and watch how the boats are moved up or down through the series of locks.

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Ithaca, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The locks on the canal are very impressive. Watching the boats go up and down the stepped canal, and learning about the history of their creation was really interesting.

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