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Rideau Canal

Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B8, Canada
+1 613-239-5234
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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.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good29%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“skating rink” (189 reviews)
“hot chocolate” (159 reviews)
“dow's lake” (141 reviews)
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Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B8, Canada
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"skating rink"
in 189 reviews
"hot chocolate"
in 159 reviews
"dow's lake"
in 141 reviews
"during winterlude"
in 70 reviews
"world heritage site"
in 50 reviews
"rent skates"
in 47 reviews
"watch the boats"
in 64 reviews
"beaver tail"
in 131 reviews
"winter or summer"
in 39 reviews
"ottawa river"
in 215 reviews
"boat tour"
in 65 reviews
"both sides"
in 80 reviews
"beautiful walk"
in 49 reviews
"ice sculptures"
in 58 reviews
"snails"
in 145 reviews
"tulip festival"
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"year round"
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Reviewed yesterday

A pleasant trip by boat..not startling or with any great views. Our guide worked his socks off to make it more interest Jan it actually was...that said, we enjoyed it.

Thank Pammie56
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Reviewed yesterday

since located beside our hotel, just take a walk down to the riverside. it was wonderful afternoon, and we have a chance to join the event there.

Thank ivycai
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Nice Walking Grounds with plenty of beautiful scenery. You can go for a picnic in the warm weather and watch the boats come and go.

Thank mahalia1980
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Reviewed 2 days ago

If you have not seen Panama Canal and are visiting Ottawa, this is a must visit place for you. Wait and watch how the boats/yachts are lowered to the river. It is very interesting and has historic value also.

Thank John E
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Beautiful, romantic, great place for a work out, reading a book, doing yoga,having picnic and taking photos!

Thank Mahar A
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This canal was not to far from our hotel. It leads down to the Ottawa Locks. We walked along part on our way to Dows Lake and we also booked a separate boat cruise to take us down the canal.

Thank boredkilliefan
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Reviewed 4 days ago

A nice change of pace from the hustle at Parliament Hill. Spend an hour or so walking the Canal and let your imagination sore.

Thank NewfieSteel
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We took a boat cruise down the canal. It was a glorious sunny day and the boat (electric) was very quiet. Our emcee, Mark, did a great job telling us the history of the canal and the surrounding area. Treat yourself to a tour.

Thank Anne C
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Well worth doing as the ride shows a lot of Ottawa and the guide is both informative and entertaining. It is a good ride for taking a break from hectic sightseeing or other busy activities. The stories the guide tells about the history are both...More

Thank marilynnouri
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Rideau canal is a wonderful place to take a stroll, or A skate in the winter. Lots of stunning scenery, and places to sit and enjoy.

Thank Megan D
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Steve S
May 15, 2018|
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Response from bmark091 | Reviewed this property |
The Rideau canal skate way is 7.8kms so there are many places along this stretch (from downtown to Carleton university). If you are visiting and exploring downtown I would recommend parking at City Hall, there are many spots... More
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DavidOpti
March 10, 2018|
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Response from David A | Reviewed this property |
The closest parking lot is at city hall and costs the same as street parking, 3$ an hour I think. If you take the right stairs you end up in front of city hall steps away from the canal.
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occams-razor
November 12, 2017|
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Response from windaniz | Reviewed this property |
no they are open.its the best weather to sit outside in this cafe
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