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“Picturesque”
Review of Rideau Canal

Rideau Canal
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Ranked #5 of 291 things to do in Ottawa
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed January 19, 2013

The canal is designated as a UNESCO's World Heritage Site, but there were no tourists as far as I could see. I heard that locals enjoyed skating there in winter, but there were no skaters, either. All I saw was some joggers along the banks on the freezing cold day.The locks area was picturesque with the background of snow-covered Parliament Hill and frozen Ottawa River.

Thank misocutlet
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

quaint, peaceful, picturesque and exhilerating. Walk along the canal banks and view the wager crafts with the crew enjoying the trip and scenery along the way.

Thank webster m
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

This is a great place to bring the whole family skating in the winter. In the summer, it is a great place to go for walks along the canal. You can go for long walks along the canal or short ones..it is up to you.

Thank May S
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

Whether it's a long walk in the spring (smelling the lialacs) or skating in the winter...the Rideau Canal is a must see. Bring your camera and continue on to Parliament Hill.

Thank Morty1269
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

Live in Ottawa, the canal is a main site-seeing attraction, In the summer tourists in boats from all over tour our city by way of the canal. In spring the Tulip Festival follows the canal and Dows Lake. In the winter the canal is drained and flooded to skate the length of the canal. For 3 weekends in Feb, Ottawa hosts Winterlude with 90% of the activites on the canal (skates are a must). Everyone needs to try a Beavertail, a deep fried batter with your choice of jams or sugars, yum.

Thank Brenda C
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