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Rideau Canal

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Address: Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B8, Canada
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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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beautiful in Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring

You can walk for hours, use a bicycle, or just sit by the beautiful Rideau Canal. Early in the day, in the afternoon, or, in the evening with the romantic lighting from the... read more

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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You can walk for hours, use a bicycle, or just sit by the beautiful Rideau Canal. Early in the day, in the afternoon, or, in the evening with the romantic lighting from the sidewalks along the canal or night lights from briges and buildings close-by. A beautiful no one wants to miss while in Ottawa.

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Oh, the Rideau Canal. Having lived in Ottawa most of my life, I have a love-hate relationship with this main aquaway that cuts through my town, south to north. A Unesco world heritage site, it has certain obligations to maintain a look and feel that pays respect to its history, but in that, also straddles the line between lovely and... More 

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The canal was dug and constructed by hand. It is lined with local stone. Most of the government buildings are made from the same local stone

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We were in town for the annual Tulip Festival. So glad we brought our bikes and followed the path all the way down to Commissioners Park (CP). There were a lot, and I mean a lot people on the path - bikers, walkers, joggers, roller bladers, people with baby strollers etc but despite that we got to Commissioners Park way... More 

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A few friends and I walked every evening to enjoy the beautiful and peaceful surroundings. Since it is near The Parliament, the buildings around this area have beautiful architecture and character. The water combined with the moon at night make it appear mysterious and magical. There are joggers, walkers, tourists and just people enjoying the beauty and view offered by... More 

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Anywhere from Kingston to Ottawa is a great spot to visit the Rideau Canal... in Ottawa for the Tulip Festival and boat shows, in the quaint town of Merrickville, at any of the locks stations (like Burrits Rapids or Jones Falls)... beautiful, historic, educational...

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Great ice skating conditions from Dows Lake to down town.Skate rental available along with many rest stops,bathroom facilities and food vendors. It was a great time.

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Biking by Rideau Canal is always a great experience. We rode to Commissioner's Park to see the tulips (during the Festival). People in Ottawa are respectful

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A beautiful walk along the canal, very peaceful, we saw a bunny rabbit, lots of birds and lots of people enjoying their walk, also bikes, and roller blades. Lots of places to stop and sit, and great tree along the way.

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A great place (another, apart from Parliament hill) to walk in Ottawa and soak in the gorgeous vista from the bottom of the walk. There are quite a few car parking spaces available near the hill. Would highly recommend a walk around it during your stay in Ottawa.

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