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Rideau Canal

Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B8, Canada
+1 613-239-5234
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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
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had a walk from locks maybe about 1-2 km but it was very beautiful and definitely recommend to spend some time walking next to Rideau Canal.

Thank Zuzana_BrMa
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I prefer the Canal in Indianapolis Indiana. The water there is more shallow and clear and you can see the fish and have more shade on sunny days. There is also a lot more artwork along the canal walk in Indy. So I guess I'm...More

Thank heartcraigslist
Reviewed 2 days ago

I recommend everyone take a walk up to the park next to the Chateau that overlooks the locks. You not only can take in the whole panorama, but get an idea of the expanse of walking trails and quiet hideaways right amidst the hustle and...More

Thank MikeV57
Reviewed 3 days ago

Although we got caught in the rain, it was very interesting to see the old locks that are still in use.

Thank hamgal
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A perfect place to go running. Alongside, that is. Multiple opportunities to cross en return. Watchout for bike sneaking up from behind.

Thank Ernst-Paul
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This place is very peaceful, very clean and very beautiful. There is some ways to arrive that place. The view is fantastic. It is a most old river with navigation in Americas.

Thank Ernesto R
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We hopped on a boat and cruised around the river for about 90minutes. The seats outside where full so we had to make do with inside which was fine apart from not really being able to hear the commentary. However the cruise was relaxing and...More

Thank ozinlondon08
Reviewed 5 days ago

My wife and I loved Ottawa! Stayed two. Would have loved to stay for more. This canal is a piece of engineering art. It's not only functional, but it looks nice, fitting for a capital. Ottawa is elegant. Loved walking around there.

Thank F4981JCmichaels
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It is located by the Parliament building, the view from the bridge is breath taking. Its a must when you are visiting ottawa

Thank nadro2010
Reviewed 6 days ago

You have to read up about the Rideau Canal and what it was used for. It is a big part of history in this area so it is surely worth seeing. I wouldn't spend too much time here but it's good to see.

Thank Mona I
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12 April 2017|
Response from mackky10 | Reviewed this property |
There are 45 locks in 23 lockstations along the main route of the Rideau.
Swathi C
30 March 2017|
Response from estelalutero | Reviewed this property |
No. It is open to the public. the ice skate rink only during winter time.
16 February 2017|
Response from KathleenR_28 | Reviewed this property |
Most of the parking areas charge, as you can see from this list. It seems that the World Exchange Plaza has free parking on the weekends. Rideau Centre ($) National Arts Centre ($) (50 metres from the NAC access... More