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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

The Rideau Canal in Ottawa stretches from Hog’s Back in the south all the way up to the Ottawa river in the north. There are lock stations at each end, as well as one at Carleton university. You can boat in the summer, skate in...More

Thank KatikaOttawa
Reviewed yesterday

This canal is a wonder. Amazingly this is still functional. One can watch boats going across and how the water level is increased or decreased. Amazing experience.

Thank ATIF K
Reviewed yesterday

we toured the first 10 locks and watched the action. quite a different experience. The walking/bicycle path along the canal is a pleasure. We rented some bikes and had two enjoyable hours.

Thank Wilfrid L
Reviewed yesterday

The canal is a quite restful destination for most of its length. Each of the locks of this World Heritage Site are still manually operated. Connecting the Ottawa River with Lake Ontario at Kingston, the canal offers some of the most impressive sightseeing in eastern...More

Thank KenandLia
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Spectaculair construction in the centre of the city. Take your time, as the vessels do, to watch them go upstream.

Thank Ajax1991
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Nice relaxing boat cruise to discover Ottawa. Well shaded on a hot summer’s day, even on the midday cruise. Recommend.

Thank John N
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Summer - take a walk. For a short stroll from downtown do the section between the locks, at the junction to the St Lawrence River, abs the first big elbow in the river. For a longer walk go all the way to Dow Lake which...More

Thank AbitCrisp
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Had a walk here from the viewing platform at the other side. Information on how it was build are on the side.

Thank Scott8446
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A trip down the Rideau Canal was a pleasant way to see parts of Ottawa. The boat was nice and, as it was electric, it was very quiet. The guide was entertaining and knowledgable. I would advise getting to the boat well before the departure...More

Thank Dermot M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We walked along the canal on both sides and then licked out to see boats moving up the locks. The locks themselves are little bridges to cross from one side to the other. Trials for bikes and walking are all around the area.

Thank Laurie M
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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.
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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.