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Rideau Canal

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“skating rink”(193 reviews)
“hot chocolate”(153 reviews)
“dow's lake”(139 reviews)
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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Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B8, Canada
+1 613-239-5234
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Reviewed yesterday

The canal is active all four seasons. In the winter the canal becomes a skating ring. In the summer there are cruises and boats that go through the boat locks. It is a nice area to walk around and enjoy downtown Ottawa. There is also...More

Thank Nancy L
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This historically rich area of Ottawa is filled with educational photos. If you’re lucky, you’ll see boats actually making their way up the canal through the old school, manually operated lock system. Very cool!

Thank LeeJay14
Reviewed 3 days ago

Can't not enjoy the canal as it is a big part of Ottawa. Enjoyed an hour and a half canal boat trip - not using the locks of course. Walking along the canal is lovely and gives you fabulous views of Ottawa.

Thank Uma K
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Had a great day with family. It was very relaxing outing, learned some local history. The only negative it was a little long.

Thank Noelle W
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A very relaxing and informative trip down the Rideau Canal. It well worth your time. On the way down the canal the guide gives you lots of information of sites on both sides of the canal. On the way back they play music and it’s...More

Thank 48barb2015
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Very lovely view of how the locks are opened for the boats. Can spend atleast 30 mins seeing this activity which is free ofcourse. The gaurds cranking the gates are informative and nice if you have questions.

Thank STravelsHappy
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is only a short part of the canal but what a lock ladder this is. Impressive when you think it was built in the 19th Century by army engineers and Irish immigrant navies. Pleasant walk up from the river watch out for cyclists though....More

Thank Steve-and-Andie
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were most impressed by the many lock gates that had been constructed by Royal Engineers in the 19th century. Having had a family member in the royal Engineers during WW2 I am always interested in their history. Unfortunately many lost lives on this construction...More

Thank Jmahg
Reviewed 1 week ago

We biked the length of the canal and had a wonderful time. You can bike from Parliament Hill and the locks all the way to a lovely waterfall. What a great way to take in the sights.

Thank carpe_itineris
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice place with nice views but we had a really hard time finding any ramps to go down. We had to carry up our buggy and baby up quite a few steps. It's probably just us not knowing where to go, but to the average...More

Thank Abby S
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July 17, 2018|
Response from Chris D | Reviewed this property |
YES! The trees should just be starting to turn colour, and the weather shouldn't be oppressively hot.
Steve S
May 15, 2018|
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Response from FCRRanch | Reviewed this property |
It depends, if you want to be near the parliament then pay parking is your option and the NAC National art center has pay parking. From there you can go anywhere in market area etc. If you wish a quieter setting then park... More
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.