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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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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... read more

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today 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 yesterday 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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Thank anonLee
Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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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Thank snsoc
Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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 yesterday 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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Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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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Ottawa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Best used for skating during Winterfest. Long skate from one end to the other... rememmber you have to skate back as well to get to your car.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My wife and two of our grand children made a trip to the Rideau Canal this past weekend for a skate. It had just opened for skating and the conditions were absolutely perfect. The ice was well groomed, the temperature was crispy cold (but not too cold), sun was shining, and lots of likewise people were out having fun just... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Rideau Canal is one of the main attraction in downtown Ottawa. In the summer, you can hop on a tour boat and learn about the history of the canal and enjoy the beautiful scenery all along the ride. During the winter time, it becomes the longuest skating space in the world. It is a great way to mingle with... More 

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Peterborough, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you are in Ottawa, you must visit the canal. If you are there in the winter you have to do the skating. The area around the canal is beautiful and you could spend an entire day just walking around.

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