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Rideau Canal

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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
+1 613-239-5234
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Reviewed 2 days ago

If you are visiting in the winter, make sure you go for a skate on the Canal and get a Beaver Tale. A truly Canadian Experience. Even walking along the Canal in the fall was beautiful will all the leaves changing. Such a relaxing way...More

Thank P B
Reviewed 4 days ago

good to see it. always wondered what it was really like compared to the Trent - Severin waterway. All manual locks and would take a long time in a boat

Thank Footprints775022
Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited on a hot, humid day in July 2018 and it was lovely seeing the sun glistening off the water. The history of the Canal was amaze to hear about and how the locks work. A must see in this beautiful city.

Thank Merrilyn G
Reviewed 6 days ago

We rented an apartment in Ottawa in September 2018. Our apartment just happened to be a 2 minute walk to the Rideau Canal, so we walked along the canal on the way to/from the center of Ottawa. The walk was about 25 minutes. Along the...More

Thank Archited2013
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

It’s a great family outdiid activity to watch boats move through the locks. I went with my 10 year old grandson and he was quite fascinated by it all. Great area to sit on the grass and enjoy the sunshine. Beautiful, peaceful setting

Thank Maggie6328
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

What a wonderful time kayaking the Canal with our son. It was a beautiful day for a day on the water. Lots of traffic along the Canal. Bikers, joggers and walkers a plenty enjoying the paths on both sides of the Canal. The kayak rental...More

Thank waderap
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lt Col By built it. It took years and many deaths to complete. There was a large cost overrun which cost him his military career although no-one could have done better. The Ottowa locks were renovated in 1980’s and it is now an interesting recreational...More

Thank UKTurkeyTrotter
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are walking by, worth a detour. Important site historically. Fun to watch people hand crank boats through...

Thank JEnriquez
Reviewed 1 week ago

Who knew that the locks were still controlled by hand cranks on either side of the canal? We enjoyed watching from up above on the bridge as the boats navigated the locks below. Fascinating to see how the system works and how high the locks...More

Thank momofthecs
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A lovely place to stroll and enjoy nature in the heart of the city while contemplating the historic canals place in Canada’s early history.

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18 July 2018|
Response from Chris D | Reviewed this property |
YES! The trees should just be starting to turn colour, and the weather shouldn't be oppressively hot.
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15 May 2018|
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Response from FCRRanch | Reviewed this property |
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
11 March 2018|
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Response from David A | Reviewed this property |
The closest parking lot is at city hall and costs the same as street parking, 3$ an hour I think. If you take the right stairs you end up in front of city hall steps away from the canal.