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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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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.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Ottawa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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.

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Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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!

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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!

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

When the weather is right,you can,t beat this place for winter fun. Right in the centre of downtown Ottawa. Got to try a Beaver tail.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I love being and doing things that are really memorable and rare and this is one, skating on the Famous Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Canada, in the winter. There's lots of people of all levels of ability so don't be at all embarrassed if you've never skated before, or are an ankle roller, the people of this city love their... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We got to skate on the first day the canal opened this year. It was cold (-12) but still good fun. We had hot chocolate ($2.50 sm) and (regrettably) didn't get beaver tails this time!

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