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Review of Rideau Canal

Rideau Canal
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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.
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Beautiful!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

Very enjoyable place to walk and soak up a bit of Canadian culture. We were there in autumn and the colours were stunning!

Visited November 2012
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Beautiful!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

The rideau canal is a wonderful either by car, or just to stroll along. The scenery is beautiful, with the parliament buildings and the downtown area in the background. Great on a sunny afternoon.

Visited August 2013
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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“One of the best parts of Ottawa”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

Whether winter of summer, respectively, running, walking or skating on the Rideau Canal is wonderful. You start downtown, go through Centre town, the Glebe and then Dow's Lake. The day can begin with breakfast in the market, lunch or coffee in the Glebe and dinner in Little Italy.

It is wonderful.

Visited October 2013
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Its biggest asset... ice skating on the canal.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

I've lived in Ottawa since 1949. I love riding (car& bicycle) along the canal in early spring, early summer and fall for its flowers, trees and its tulips festival specially at Dow's lake. It is peaceful to walk on a nice day. I mostly appreciate the canal in the winter .... it is the longest skating ring in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records and on a beautiful day, it is crowded and lovely to see. Unfortunately winter loves to play tricks like January & February thaws.... winter arriving late and spring early so the skating period varies greatly. Personally, I hate having to drive extra km to get to the other side of the canal as there are few bridges which also creates traffic bottlenecks during rush hours.
Having navigated many canals in the world, I find as a tourist, the Rideau canal most boring to navigate in the city of Ottawa. There is nothing to see really but to enjoy a boat trip. It is an expense to avoid. The Ottawa river cruise is much better. By car, there are many many gems places to visit but they are far in between along the more than 100 km from Ottawa to Kingston, On. where it ends. If you have time, that is its best attraction.

Visited October 2013
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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“Fantastic use of green space!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

So nice to see these trails and oaths along both sides of the canal. Absolutely beautiful first thing in the morning. Lots of people out being active either walking, running or biking. Would be helpful if there were distance markers but really can't complain as the surface is flat and well maintained.

Visited October 2013
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