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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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Excellent engineering.

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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Ithaca, New York
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Ithaca, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Went through a lock at Poonamalie. It was great to see history in action. It took about 15-20 minutes to get through. There were several other large boats and the lock masters were very efficient.

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Vancouver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The canal is next to the parliament n a nice park nearby. You will be able to see a beautiful sunset on the walkway.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The canal offers 12 months a year of great walking on both sides and excellent cycling. It can be busy but nothing like the canals in Europe and evenings are especially fun for romantic walks. The winter ice normally offers about six weeks of free skating on the world's longest skating rink which attracts people from everywhere. Boating is also... More 

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Jaipur, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wish I could see the elevation of a ship in this canal. I had seen this canal in winter when frozen. This was beautiful with the wind blowing and the edifice of Laurier hotel and Parliament nearby.

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Bogota, Colombia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Walking around the Rideau Canal is a pleasant thing to do nice view and nice people; you may also take a trip in a boat and is a good way to see other views of the city .

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Kensington, Prince Edward Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

During a recent trip to Ottawa, our nation's capital we stayed at University of Ottawa residences just above the Rideau canal. We walked both sides of this canal almost its entire length and even though the weather was blistering HOT, I must say I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Apart from the junk floating in the water (wouldn't go for a snorkel... More 

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Steinbach, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great walking / biking paths along the canal, but it's a waterway and kind of stinky. It's not the view that will take your breathe away.

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Aldershot
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had a lovely relaxing walk and enjoyed watching the boats travel through the lock system. There was an interesting little museum and a stall selling home made lemonade - very refreshing!

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

The longest skating rink in the world is not to be missed. Beautiful, historic, lively and peaceful all year round.

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