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Rideau Canal: Tours & Tickets

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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 today

Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall, the Rideau Canal has something for everyone. Longest skating rink in the world in winter, boat tours of historic Ottawa in the summer and Fall. Truly a beautiful area for all.

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank K2079UIpaul
Reviewed 3 days ago

Hard to believe this lovely tranquil place is in the centre of this lovely city. Spent several hours just chilling while watching boats being lifted through the canals. A lovely place to relax.

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank RobertCPickering
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great views and area to explore. Easy to access with trails all around. You can even walk across the canal! There are also informational signs to learn more about the history of them!!

Date of experience: November 2019
1  Thank kelseyj1216
Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent few hours strolling up and down the canal and lock. Watched a boat being lifted up the locks and it amazed my kids. Really enjoyed the experience.

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank zaf2000
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love it and come over and over again anyway along the canal - and love the walkways, boats and canal activity.

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank fab1081
Reviewed 1 week ago

I am an engineer, so love and appreciate water works. Besides that, it was a beautiful sunny day, and a stroll up and down the Canal is a must!

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank ORD-TGU
Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing sight to view. The mechanism of locks to maintain usage of the canals is an engineering wonder because each section is significantly higher or lower than the next.

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank 135DavidS135
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The history is incredible of how and why this canal was built. So pleased that those who lost their lives on this project are recognized. Beautiful walking paths along canal

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank christine J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Every year we take a road trip to visit a number of the locks along the Rideau Canal. It is a great way to spend a fall or summer day. Take a picnic to enjoy in the shade by the canal and watch the boats...More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank Marlie444
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were here on a beautiful fall day. The fall colors made it that much more spectacular to see this engineering feat. It is fascinating to see.

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank 264MarkS264
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3 September 2019|
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Response from CNDTRVLR | Reviewed this property |
We stayed at the Hilton homewood suites about a 15 minute walk away.
17 March 2019|
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Response from nicolecrimi | Reviewed this property |
Hello! I am not a strong skater by any means and sat down to have snacks at the different stops along the way and it took about 2.5 hours to go 7.8km there then another 7.8km back! Definitely a fun day/afternoon activity... More
Ashleigh J
23 January 2019|
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Response from ELLlady | Reviewed this property |
Canal empty in Oct