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Rideau Canal
Rideau Canal

Rideau Canal

9.340 reviews
Sights and Museums, Landmark
Ranked #2 in Ottawa things to do
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Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B8, Canada
(613) 239-5234
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The Rideau Canal, a World Heritage Site, is the last canal dating from the North American canal-building era remaining operational along its original line. It was built in the European slackwater ... Read more
style, the only such canal in the Americas. The canal is an important and masterful feat of engineering and stands in tribute to the hard work of prior generations.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

While not much to do in the realm of entertainment, this is a very beautiful spot to stroll.

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Local from Ottawa, Canada

Lots to do along the Rideau Canal. Take a boat tour, rent a kayak or peddle boat, go for a skate. This 6 km canal is a world unesco heritage site and links many beautiful central neighbourhoods from Dow's Lake to the National Arts Centre.

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World s longest outdoor rink. In the summer this makes the downtown core and beyond feel like one large wonderfull scenic park.

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Local from Ottawa

Great place to visit in the Summer, Fall and Winter! Ideal place to go for a run and see the city.

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Local from Ottawa, Canada

Make the Rideau Canal a must on your list when you're visiting Ottawa - ESPECIALLY if you're coming during the winter months Winterlude takes place during February, and it's always a great time to skate along the canal with friends and view the many ice sculptures that are featured during this time. During the summer months you can rent paddle boats or enjoy the view at the restaurant plaza at the end.

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Local from Ottawa, Canada

You can take either a water taxi or cruise tour ($15 per trip)to enjoy the Rideau Canal, which is very attractive during summer, and it is one of the longest skating rink during winter, where the famous winter festival is held during February each year.

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Calgary, Canada

The Rideau Canal has a well maintained pathway that takes you from downtwon Ottawa to some of the nicest residential and recreational areas of Ottawa. Running, cycling or walking the Canal is a must do.

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Local from Ottawa

The best time to see the canal is during January-February during Winterlude when you can skate on the canal. It can get a bit chilly but well worth the fun when skating from Dow's Lake to downtown. Bonus: You can find Beavertails (local popular pastry) at a couple of places on the canal.

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A walker, biker or ice skaters paradise. Start at Dows Lake and head for Parliament Hill (7.5KM). Famous for the annual Tulip Festival, Winterlude and pleasure boating.

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Toronto, Canada

Canal Rideau was beautiful when I visited 10 years ago. Great place to have a picnic.

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London, UK
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If you ever visit Ottawa in the winter time, be sure to lace up your skates and head to the frozen Rideau Canal for an Ottawa tradition!

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Sangli-Miraj and Kupwad, India

this canal is world heritage site. i enjoyed to be there. sweet ,nice place to visit. i recomand u to visit this place at once.

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Toronto, Canada
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Enjoyed both walking and cycling the canal. Definitely one of the highlights of my trip!

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Local from Ottawa, Canada

Flat, scenic

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Montreal, Canada

Ce canal se trouve au centre de la ville. Il est populaire de faire du skate pendant l'hiver. La longueur totale des canaux est de 202 kilomètres. C'est un site du patrimoine de l'UNESCO.

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