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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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I was so happy to visit this year when the canal was frozen. Me and my friends had fun walking up and down the area. Unfortunately there weren't any skate rental areas which was disappointing.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Uchiha_rew
Reviewed 1 week ago

Considering that this Canal was built nearly 200 years ago. . . it is kept in remarkably good condition by Parks Canada The canal in winter is a marvel. . . hundreds of folks skate to work daily, or just skate for pleasure on the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank batman656
Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved walking along the canal and watching the boats get lowered or lifted. Great little tourist attraction all by itself.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Judi M
Reviewed 1 week ago

In the winter. I cant say much about it but that the view of it and the old engineering of it. It looked fantastic at night, with the lights surrounding, the depth of it especially from looking high above down to it like looking into...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Rockiroads
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The ice had just opened when we went so it was popular. Really long queues to get skates 40 mins in -12 c makes the wait seem like ages wrap up warm! Overall the ice wasn’t in great condition but we knew that before we...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank P8326DQandrewf
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Skating and kayaking on the canal are my faves! It's just fun to be on ice as a family, baby in the stroller. Beware of the holes on ice!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank mamaGL
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I recommend coming to this place in evening when they are closing the canal. There is also a museum across the canal from where you can get lots of information. Every time I visit it, it feels new

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank SamreenAhsanCanada
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At 7.8 kilometres in length (length of the portion used as a skating rink), in winter the Rideau Canal (aka, Rideau Waterway) becomes the world’s largest naturally-frozen ice-skating rink. For 2019 and with weather permitting, the canal will be an official skateway from January 4...More

Date of experience: December 2018
35  Thank KodoDrummer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great canal, completely frozen and very impressive, it was very cold to walk but it was worth seen it this frozen.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank micheller607
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Every visit to Ottawa must include a walk by the Rideau Canal, being it during the hot days of summer or in the frigid winters of the Capital. It never ceases to amaze me with its majestic snenery and peaceful surroundings.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Vladimiramirela
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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,
10 November 2018|
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Response from UKTurkeyTrotter | Reviewed this property |
We stayed at Cartier place on Cooper near Elgin St. Good value for a centrally located suite type hotel with a reasonable kitchen, sitting area and bedroom. There's a regular supermarket just, just cross Elgin and carry on... More
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.