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Rideau Canal

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Address: Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B8, Canada
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+1 613-239-5234
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Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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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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Always a treat.

So pleased to return to Ottawa and skate on the canal. Thanks to the crew that maintain the surface. Great skating and appropriately spaced places to stop for Beaver Tails. Also... read more

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Orangeville, Canada
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

So pleased to return to Ottawa and skate on the canal. Thanks to the crew that maintain the surface. Great skating and appropriately spaced places to stop for Beaver Tails. Also appreciate the number of paramedics who are available to support injured skaters.

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Edinburgh
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Well worth a look, even though I don't skate!!! Nice for a walk and a coffee - I recommend the French vanilla cappuccino/ really good! Watch out for mad kids on skates though - they don't slow down!!

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Edwards, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The sun was warm, the ice was smooth and the sounds of blades on ice abound. Hot chocolate, Beavertails, what's not to like?

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Newcastle
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great day on the canal!! 7km to stretch your legs and get up some speed!! There are skate rentals and even little red sleighs to push your loved ones about. The Beavertails are to die for!! YUM!!

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Thank SBishop18
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A family weekend was declared in Ottawa and we decided to skate the canal. Some of us had our own skates but for those who didn't, renting was easy at Dow's Lake. We had no issues parking (we went early) and then we all had a blast skating. The conditions were great too. A trick is to go early before... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Rideau Canal is probably the one thing that defines Ottawa more so than any other attraction. It is a summer attraction as well, but it is best in winter, when it freezes and people come out to skate its surface. There is a wonderful sense of community in it as well, as people are all in a pleasant mood... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Perfect for scating and spending time outdoors. Top it up with a Beaver-Tail to satisfy your sweet tooth.

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Barrie, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Fabulous sunny winter day for a skate on the canal. Skaters of all ages were enjoying a good old Canadian winter outing.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Over 7 kms of skating! The world's longest skating rink. Fairly well maintained, You've got to try it!

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Oakville, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I had four days in Ottawa and I skated the length of the canal and back each of the four days. It was good fortune on my part that it was February and very cold...always a good thing for the world's longest natural skating rink. Two days I had the canal almost to myself as I was skating mid day...so... More 

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