We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Rideau Canal

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B8, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 613-239-5234
Website
Saturday
Closed
See all hours
Hours:
Mon - Fri 08:30 - 16:30
Description:

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.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
US$ 33.76*
and up
Ottawa Spring Tulip Festival Bike Tour
More Info
US$ 83.64*
and up
Ottawa Highlights Half-Day Bike Tour
More Info
US$ 133.51*
and up
Best of Ottawa Full-Day Bike Tour

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 3,425 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 1871
    Excellent
  • 751
    Very good
  • 89
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 15
    Terrible
Skating lessons

We had a lot of fun skating on the canal this winter. The hard part was that the skates you rent are hockey skates which, even if you are used to figure skates, can be difficult... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Joey G
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50

3,425 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 2,743: English reviews
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

I had wanted to experience a skate on this stunning canal in one of the world's great urban settings for years, and finally booked a mid-January trip from NYC to realize my decades-long attraction to the specter of gliding through the UNESCO-celebrated environment of the Rideau Canal...only to find it wasn't frozen. Ottawa has many delights (though many are closed... More 

Helpful?
Thank david k
Level Contributor
3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a lot of fun skating on the canal this winter. The hard part was that the skates you rent are hockey skates which, even if you are used to figure skates, can be difficult. Still, we had fun and found the price reasonable.

Helpful?
Thank Joey G
Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
101 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Wat an idea to make the canal a ice skating rink in winter. Loads of activities n loads of people. Any time of the day you find Beaver Tails around. People skate to work in the Canal.

Helpful?
Thank crdebata
Ottawa
Level Contributor
13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great in the winter for a skate! There are many places to rent skates or sleds along the canal. Sleds are great for non skaters and easy to push by a skater.

Helpful?
Thank MrsHampel
Maryland
Level Contributor
39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The canal is absolutely the focal point of the city. We visited in early September and was a wonderful time to visit. We visited the area by the locks and walked along it through the city. Must see when in Ottawa.

Helpful?
Thank Sloane1121
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
20 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We came up from Philadelphia to check out some hockey games and to skate the Rideau Canal. We first visited the canal in the morning. It was fairly crowded, but we appreciated the wooden cubbies in front of the Rideau Center to store our boots as we skated. The ice was very choppy, with lots of bumps and cracks, but... More 

Helpful?
Thank Retinadoc88
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a beautiful place to just take a nice stroll or in the winter you can go skate there. I recommend you take the bus so you don't need to worry about parking. It can get pretty busy in the winter time when the skating rink is open but it still worth going it's a once and lifetime experience

Helpful?
Thank myriam-canada
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I am fortunate to live near this amazing waterway. Worth a visit in any season. Walk, bike or jog the paved path, tour by canoe, kayak,paddle board or cruise boat. Winter provides a wonderful skate way from downtown to Carleton University /Dows Lake.

Helpful?
Thank susan45_12
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Perfect way to spend a relaxing afternoon or evening. Always something to see and do on the Canal. Great family fun or romantic date spot!

Helpful?
Thank anonLee
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

An amazing historic achievement that runs from Ottawa to Kingston! In winter, it's the world's largest skating rink which is over 7km long. In spring, summer and fall, it is a jewel in the centre of Ottawa with boating on it and walking and biking along sie it!

Helpful?
Thank snsoc

Travellers who viewed Rideau Canal also viewed

 

Been to Rideau Canal? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Rideau Canal and other visitors
4 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from Rideau Canal staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?