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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
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visited during Winterlude, and the canal was filled with tons of fellow ice skaters. You can rent skates along the canal sort of close to Chateau Laurier. Dress warmly, grab a hot chocolate along the canal and skate away the afternoon.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank sacredmusic04
Reviewed yesterday

Definitely worth a tour, even if yo do not do the Ottawa section. Try the Jones Falls Locks going downstream. The view from the top is amazing and you wonder if you are going to fall off the edge! Lock staff are helpful and courteous.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank fintech16
Reviewed 3 days ago

My DH and I went for a few days in February and had an absolute blast skating on the Skateway! There is skate, helmet, and sled rental there as well as some food vendors located every few KM along the route. We will definitely go...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank StLawrenceRiverRat
Reviewed 3 days ago

Date of Visit: Feb 17, 2019 We took a road trip to Ottawa for Winterlude. The frozen canal makes for the world's largest ice skating rink. If you love to ice skate, this is definitely something you will want to do. You can also walk...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank RogueTrippers
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Went and spent a couple of hours with my husband on the canal. When we went we made sure to grab a hot chocolate and a Cinnamon and Sugar Beaver tails. Every year when we go to the canal we try to go when its...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Tracey G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Skate nearly 9 miles on the Rideau Canal with festivities and events all along the way. Buses run constantly to take you back when you are finished skating. The whole family can enjoy this together.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Walking, biking, jogging, skating, a lot to do along the canal, from Parliament hill to Dow's lake, and then Mooney's bay park.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank SkiLover8888
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Rideau canal was such a fun place to visit! It was a true Canada experience to see locals ice skating around, some with their briefcases on the way to work! The view of Parliament is breathtaking!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank januaryks
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am from Ottawa and I have been skating on the canal in winter most of my life. Here are my tips. Before heading out check canal conditions on the Rideau canal website (just google Rideau canal). If conditions on the entire skateway are fair...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank rosiem822
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ice skating on the Rideau Canal is a must do for anyone visiting ottawa. HOWEVER, skate rentals are very expensive (22 dollars plus a 50 dollar cover fee which is returned later on), and they only accept cash or credit card. The canal itself is...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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17 March 2019|
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Response from nicolecrimi | Reviewed this property |
Hello! I am not a strong skater by any means and sat down to have snacks at the different stops along the way and it took about 2.5 hours to go 7.8km there then another 7.8km back! Definitely a fun day/afternoon activity... More
Ashleigh J
22 January 2019|
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Response from ELLlady | Reviewed this property |
Canal empty in Oct
3 December 2018|
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Response from FCRRanch | Reviewed this property |
I’m not sure of the quality and type of skates, but if particular, it is best to bring your own,