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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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Skated the entire length of the Rideau Canal (15 km) on Saturday, as part of the Winterlude festivities. Conditions were great in the morning, but deteriorated by afternoon, due... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Skated the entire length of the Rideau Canal (15 km) on Saturday, as part of the Winterlude festivities. Conditions were great in the morning, but deteriorated by afternoon, due to mild weather. The canal is now closed, but I will return next year! The only challenge is finding parking on busy days, so plan ahead and scope out a spot.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It is a great experience! The canal is well mantained. Recomendation is to bring a back pack so you can take your shoes with you when skating. There is a bus that is free and will take you to the beginning.

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

Skated the entire length of canal on Friday 17 February. The ice was in great shape and it took about an hour and 30 minutes round trip. I think it was about 15 kilometres. There are plenty of places to stop for refreshments along the way and its so nice to skate outside enjoying the scenery !

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited Ottawa over the last weekend of Winterlude, and it was actually a warm weekend. Everyone told us no matter what else we did, we had to skate on the Rideau Canal, so we made sure to put skating on the Rideau Canal the first thing - and we were really happy we did! The ice was in pretty... More 

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Orangeville, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

So pleased to return to Ottawa and skate on the canal. Thanks to the crew that maintain the surface. Great skating and appropriately spaced places to stop for Beaver Tails. Also appreciate the number of paramedics who are available to support injured skaters.

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Thank KDJlove
Edinburgh
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Well worth a look, even though I don't skate!!! Nice for a walk and a coffee - I recommend the French vanilla cappuccino/ really good! Watch out for mad kids on skates though - they don't slow down!!

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Edwards, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The sun was warm, the ice was smooth and the sounds of blades on ice abound. Hot chocolate, Beavertails, what's not to like?

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great day on the canal!! 7km to stretch your legs and get up some speed!! There are skate rentals and even little red sleighs to push your loved ones about. The Beavertails are to die for!! YUM!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A family weekend was declared in Ottawa and we decided to skate the canal. Some of us had our own skates but for those who didn't, renting was easy at Dow's Lake. We had no issues parking (we went early) and then we all had a blast skating. The conditions were great too. A trick is to go early before... More 

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

The Rideau Canal is probably the one thing that defines Ottawa more so than any other attraction. It is a summer attraction as well, but it is best in winter, when it freezes and people come out to skate its surface. There is a wonderful sense of community in it as well, as people are all in a pleasant mood... More 

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