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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.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good29%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B8, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a great piece of history and building. In summer a great place to see boats and how the locks work. In the winter it is a great place to skate.

Thank Susan P
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Rideau Canal is a must to see. It is right in the heart of downtown and very convenient to get to.

Thank Rudy I
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The Canal was really interesting to see and the various loches and bridges a worthy feat of engineering. Reading the construction is inspirational. As was the final recognition of colonel By.

Thank RHM63
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is an engineering marvel built decades ago and an iconic historic site where you can stroll around. In the winter, you can ice skate on the frozen waters. Beautiful to visit and spend a weekend !

Thank Caius P
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Rideau canal is a short walk from the Canadian parliament building .Built in 1832,it connects Ottawa to Lake Ontario .Beautiful place that serves as an skating place in the wintertime!We will return in the winter for that!

Thank PETRU B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went thee with my husband .everything was good .the view the food the service. The only thing I wanted is to provide heaters and prepare it for the winter this way we can enjoy everything even in cold weather

Thank windaniz
Reviewed 1 week ago

Living in Ottawa we are always by or on the Rideau Canal. A great place in the winter for skating and a great area in the Spring and Summer for walking, bicyling and boating. Very peaceful and relaxing place.

Thank Josie633
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Skate here and build memories, enjoyable for any level skater. Beaver tails & hot chocolate - in moderation - to treat your selves with. Other seasons: kayak, canoe, boat in it , or run/bike by the path

Thank cherinet s
Reviewed 1 week ago

The view from the road down towards the locks, and beyond to the Rideau River is picturesque, and tourists take photographs all the time. Walk down the (many) steps to be on a level with the locks (no elevator to get down), and walk to...More

Thank peacealways
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Rideau Canal is a must if you visit our National Capital. In winter, it is the longest skating rink that can be enjoyed by all as you can also walk it, rent sleighs, have a hot cider or hot chocolate and yes the famous...More

Thank nicole110
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occams-razor
12 November 2017|
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Response from nicole110 | Reviewed this property |
The Canal is open all year round. In the summer, its boating and walking and biking trails on each side. Winter it is a skating rink.
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Ebinzer
12 April 2017|
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Response from mackky10 | Reviewed this property |
There are 45 locks in 23 lockstations along the main route of the Rideau.
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Swathi C
30 March 2017|
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Response from estelalutero | Reviewed this property |
No. It is open to the public. the ice skate rink only during winter time.
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