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Rideau Canal

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Address: Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B8, Canada
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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.

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A skate on the Rideau canal is a must do if you are a skater. A walk along the snowy side or a visit at 5th Ave. for non-skaters is also quite fun. Dress warmly and have a Beaver... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A skate on the Rideau canal is a must do if you are a skater. A walk along the snowy side or a visit at 5th Ave. for non-skaters is also quite fun. Dress warmly and have a Beaver Tail! Not the place to learn how to skate. Recommend hockey or leisure type skates rather than figure skates. Keep an... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went skating on the Canal and Dow's lake and it was super fun! There is even a beaver tails on the lake for an after-skate snack. There is really nothing to complain about. Even on a -25 day, the canal had plenty of skaters.

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Thank nickyandreza
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Rideau Canal is a very enjoyable walk or bike ride. You can go right from Carleton University to the Parliament buildings. The sidewalks are wide and bikes and people share with no problems that I could see.

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Thank ayrton2727
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Another great few days skating the Rideau Canal. Conditions were great considering the mild weather. Turned out that the canal closed the day after we left and wasn't able to reopen for 2017. Will be back next year!

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Toronto
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were here I think the day the full canal was opened, and boy it was busy! We went mid afternoon and it was jam packed with people, but somehow it is still manageable to skate. They have lots of facilities along the way, washrooms, food, places to warm up, benches to rest, it is really well done. The only... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is such a great walk to do a lovely day. My partner and I walked along most of the canal and did the loop along the canal and along the river through to Hull and back. If you're looking for something free and enjoy the outdoors this is just the thing. Loved it

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Gatineau, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

In behind the Le Café at the N.A.C. I got stuck in a freezing rain snowstorm. Yuck. the Rideau canal is Empty. I am very Lucky that I am so athletic.

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New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our hotel overlooked this central feature of Ottawa. It is so much fun and so interesting to watch the boats traverse the locks!

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Brighton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent the family day weekend in Ottawa, went skating on the canal on the Saturday, glad we did because it closed down right after that. What an experience !! Highly recommend doing it, Ottawa just rocks anytime of the year.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Winter: I've lived in Ottawa all my life and have skated on the canal hundreds of times. The ice is best when it's a really cold day. Clear, no chips and holes in the ice on the coldest day. If you skate when it's milder or snowing, you'll find the ice surface softer and you may trip in the numerous... More 

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