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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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 24 October 2005

Sep 1, 2005. Gray Line tour of Ottawa. Our first driver, Ron, picked us up at the motel at 9:15 and took us to the Kiosk to purchase our tickets [$52 with tax and discount, good for 2 days]. First tour starts at 10:00. Ron...More

25  Thank Odyssey14481
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 20 February 2012

Please drive by this NON attraction. It's a polluted canal that appears to be of interest to some. 

4  Thank kennetho9322
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Reviewed 2 days ago

You can walk or bike along side the locks... wait til winter then skate on them! Water feeds into the river.

Thank 9mmglock
Reviewed 2 days ago

We walked along the canal from Gatineau to the locks in Ottawa and it was a very beautiful scene with the fall leaves on the ground and some still on the trees. But, be aware of the many bike riders who use the walkway also.

Thank BlairCher
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Loves that it was quaint. The Fall colour was spectacular. It was very quiet and I loved it. The camel locks were neat.

Thank miumiu700
Reviewed 3 days ago

You can't come to Ottawa in the winter and not skate on the Rideau canal and have a Beaver Tail. No not real tails but warm sweet pastry. Lots of history around the canal. Did you know it was dug by hand.

Thank Cindy L
Reviewed 6 days ago

Came here on Labor Day, I just jog around the canal early morning and missed the details. Came back again in late afternoon and realized this is a good history and engineering lesson for kids.

Thank Anthony_Chien
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Amazing to see and read the history or the cancel....beautiful and quite a sure to see. The history of the cancel is something else.

Thank NormaR1569
Reviewed 1 week ago

The cruise is bilingual and the guide we had was just brilliant, not only was he very informative but very funny with it. He had the guests in stitches at various points. A pleasant cruise and a great way to see more of Ottawa.

Thank Don T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Heard a lot about this area, but was underwhelmed, if your into canal locks then yes this is a must see, but I found it disappointing, the canal itself was empty so not very good to the eye, and some of the locks were full...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited in early October in between seasons. It was too late (and low water level) to appreciate a bike ride or long walk and too early for skating.

Thank ELLlady
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Go there on a Sunday, first of a month and enjoy a street free of cars along the chanel. Take a bike for the tour and have a scenic ride. At summer time nice, autumn and spring too. During winter time no water in the...More

Thank Kai P
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10 November 2018|
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Response from clherrick | Reviewed this property |
We enjoyed a nice stay at the Westin. It is convenient to everything and the large adjoining mall is a bonus when you are ready to warm up. Dinner at Play, Food and Wine was a delight.
17 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.
Steve S
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.
12 November 2017|
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Response from windaniz | Reviewed this property |
no they are open.its the best weather to sit outside in this cafe