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Rideau Canal

Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B8, Canada
+1 613-239-5234
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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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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B8, Canada
+1 613-239-5234
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Reviewed yesterday

I have been here in summer and during interlude ! Love it love it! Love it ! I would move here in a heartbeat! Winterlude 2017 and during Ribfest and now in December all great trips !

Thank Allen M
Reviewed 2 days ago

During the summer the canal is filled with boats and in the winter ice-skaters. Walking in any season is full of views and interesting things to see and do. From the canal you can walk to the Parliament Buildings, the Market, museums, Norte Dame, Rideau...More

Thank PDWilliams
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Enjoyed walking along the paths that run beside the Rideau Canal and down to the historic Bytown Museum. Contrary to website info, they are not open until 8 pm. Disappointed to arrive just as they were closing.

Thank Lorena S
Reviewed 4 days ago

Love the Rideau Canal especially in the winter. It is the best outdoor skating rink in Canada. Although I fell and broke my wrist I can't wait to get back out there again this season.

Thank Kim B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited this river and canal with my maternal aunt’s family in Ottawa and realised what the world is missing !! Relaxing !!

Thank Hemant B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Another must see when in our Nation's Capital...Ottawa is steeped in history...Take advantage of every opportunity to explore this incredible city....

Thank Terry S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was really good, but expensive. The staff were amazing, very professional, as our group totalled 25. The only thing I did not appreciate was the large party that was taking over the area we were dining in. We had to leave because they...More

Thank tripper560
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Canal is a beautiful sight. Water has been lowered right now getting ready for the Winter freeze. Soon we will be enjoying the great scenery on skates instead of walking along the boardwalk!

Thank Kevin B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I did a quick self guided tour of the Rideau Canal because I was staying at a hotel near Parliament Hill. It just mazes me on how this was all done in the 1800's to deal with the potential invasion by the Americans into Canada....More

Thank b0b55russell
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located right in the heart of downtown and very convenient to get to. It was built decades ago and an iconic historic site. In summer a great place to see boats and how the locks work. In the winter it is a great place to...More

Thank Syed Salman A
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12 November 2017|
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Response from windaniz | Reviewed this property |
no they are open.its the best weather to sit outside in this cafe
12 April 2017|
Response from mackky10 | Reviewed this property |
There are 45 locks in 23 lockstations along the main route of the Rideau.
Swathi C
30 March 2017|
Response from estelalutero | Reviewed this property |
No. It is open to the public. the ice skate rink only during winter time.