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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.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good29%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“skating rink” (185 reviews)
“hot chocolate” (158 reviews)
“dow's lake” (141 reviews)
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Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B8, Canada
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"skating rink"
in 185 reviews
"hot chocolate"
in 158 reviews
"dow's lake"
in 141 reviews
"during winterlude"
in 66 reviews
"rent skates"
in 44 reviews
"world heritage site"
in 50 reviews
"winter or summer"
in 38 reviews
"watch the boats"
in 64 reviews
"beaver tail"
in 126 reviews
"ottawa river"
in 213 reviews
"both sides"
in 79 reviews
"boat tour"
in 66 reviews
"ice sculptures"
in 58 reviews
"beautiful walk"
in 48 reviews
"tulip festival"
in 87 reviews
"year round"
in 38 reviews
"chateau laurier"
in 76 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday

We came to Ottawa specifically to skate on the Rideau. We were advised to skate in the morning before the warming temperatures softened the ice. We skated the length, had a Beaver Tail and hot chocolate and returned to the starting point. It was so...More

Thank debbor2015
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We skated to the Beaver Tail Hut. The ice wasn't in very good condition and we heard you had to skate for 2 km to get nice ice. We didn't practise skating before we left and we hadn't skated in years so we left this...More

Thank tdaponte
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Reviewed yesterday

We thought we'd not be able to enjoy this wonder, but mother nature saved the day, and we, along with thousands of others, skated in the bright sunshine.

Thank Rick L
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you find yourself in Ottawa in the winter and know how to skate, it is a must to skate up and down the Rideau Canal! It’s a 7.8km stretch with food stalls along the way. Washrooms are available where the food stalls are. There...More

Thank DRDawson
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Very good and friendly atmosphere, great way to spend the family day. The weather was amazing. Lots of ears alone the way, campfires and warm up cabins. Good to see so many people enjoying the river skating

Thank Dzmitry B
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great experience. only advise is to rent skates from your hotel if possible. line up at the canal for skates was long

Thank P2490DWlaurak
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Went to enjoy a long time bucket list of mine. It was a long time in the making to get to winterlude and skate the canal and it was worth it! The city and officials do a fantastic job in preparing, grooming and maintaining the...More

Thank Raynman M
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We were lucky enough to visit during Winterlude and were able to skate the canal. Check online for daily ice conditions. Skate rentals available. Lots of vendors for snacks. Good for novice as well as experienced skaters. We even saw people on speed skates! A...More

Thank onajourneyToronto
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Busy as expected but the ice surface wasn’t too bad. The heated shelters are ideal for putting the kids skates on before the frigid temps. Make sure to put a balaclava on under the helmet for the kids. My kids also suggested they should get...More

Thank David A
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Incredible experience...put it on your bucket list. Bring your own skates and do the 7.8 k loop. Eat a Beaver tail...didn't know I wanted one and now I need six😎

Thank jaymev1
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occams-razor
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
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Ebinzer
12 April 2017|
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Response from mackky10 | Reviewed this property |
There are 45 locks in 23 lockstations along the main route of the Rideau.
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Swathi C
30 March 2017|
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Response from estelalutero | Reviewed this property |
No. It is open to the public. the ice skate rink only during winter time.
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