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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
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!
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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 at Dow’s lake, there is pay parking in a lot cross the street from the lake and very close to restaurants and services, boat rentals etc.. great peaceful walk by the canal at that end.