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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%
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“hot chocolate” (144 reviews)
“dow's lake” (139 reviews)
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Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B8, Canada
+1 613-239-5234
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

There's a path to walk along the canal from the locks at Ottawa river right up to Dow Lake. Took us just over an hour at gentle pace. Peaceful along the canal and great on a sunny autumn (fall) day. Periodically there are tablets giving...More

Thank Deepak K
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A fantastic gem in the city that offers a great recreational escape or peaceful destination for a stroll. Year round! A must see and make sure you check out the various locks.

1  Thank Dean T
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Amazing canal system to witness first hand. We were very impressed with the foresight of fellow Canadians in the design of this brilliant canal system way back in the 1800's.

Thank Williams Lake R
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We walked a bit alongside the canal but were disappointed to see that the locks weren’t used as there were 2 boats sitting in them and one was being renovated! The towpath was ok though for walking or cycling along.

Thank VPaterson355
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A nice engineering project for those who enjoy big structures constructed by man! Amazingly it’s in the middle of Ottawa city which makes this cities one of the most beautiful and enjoyable I’ve known!

Thank Paulo G
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I always wondered how people got from one side of the canal to the other. Well now I know- you walk across the ironworks. Pretty cool to see the gates and pulleys and various hardware that made it all work. A lovely area to stroll...More

Thank WalkingLadyJ
Reviewed 5 days ago

As the canal goes through Ottawa on its way down to the Ottawa river, there are nice paths on both sides, good for a quiet stroll, or for a bike ride. The scenery can't be beat, it's just a nice way to get a little...More

Thank James W
Reviewed 6 days ago

Always something going in here! Boats and boats in the summer - Skating in the winter! Lock after lock!

Thank Ron P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Returning on the water taxi from Gatineau, we chanced upon a boat in the last lock point on the canal. We observed the closing of that last gate before strolling the steps to the top alongside one of the young, strong men who operated the...More

Thank Mcfor
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great to see the locks going from the river to the canal. Good views in both directions. You can walk from the canal down the locks to the river and there is a museum at the river end.

Thank Victoria W
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13 April 2017|
Response from mackky10 | Reviewed this property |
There are 45 locks in 23 lockstations along the main route of the Rideau.
Swathi C
31 March 2017|
Response from estelalutero | Reviewed this property |
No. It is open to the public. the ice skate rink only during winter time.
17 February 2017|
Response from KathleenR_28 | Reviewed this property |
Most of the parking areas charge, as you can see from this list. It seems that the World Exchange Plaza has free parking on the weekends. Rideau Centre ($) National Arts Centre ($) (50 metres from the NAC access... More