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Rideau Canal

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Address: Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B8, Canada
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08:30 - 16:30
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One of the oldest landmarks in Ottawa, this canal is filled with boats in...

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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Beautiful place to go for a walk! If you're visiting Ottawa I would highly recommend taking a walk down the Rideau Canal.

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Waterdown, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Beautiful place to go for a walk! If you're visiting Ottawa I would highly recommend taking a walk down the Rideau Canal.

Thank ACKgirl101
Heredia, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a great place to go for a walk. On one side you have parlament hill and on the other The Chateau Laurier. It has great scenery and its kind of a unique place to walk because of the buildings and landscape around it. Its also close to the major attractions in ottawa.

Thank Ale00783
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have lived in Ottawa for many years but I still love to walk, to skate and enjoy our historic canal! It is so pretty winding through the city and I always enjoyed the lovely sunsets just beyond the Parliament Buildings which you can see so well from the canal. The Winter Carnival is so lively with all its skaters... More 

Thank Maureen G
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

And engineering marvel consider that the Rideau Canal was built some 190 years ago in a malaria infested lands and with technology and tools of the early19th century. The locks are still operated in the same way they were opened and closed some 180 years ago.

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Canton, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a beautiful area to take a walk. The water was a little low when we were here and there was still some snow on the sides of the river but it was really nice.

Thank Heather W
Niagara, Ontario, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had a great time exploring the area. Loved the sites. Did a river tour, great history, fun times. Would do it again.

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Shawnigan Lake, Canada
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

When you see our history up close and see the Marvels Canada has created it makes you proud to be Canadian. The Rideau canal was built by hand and hard labour. Wow to those that had part in this.

Thank FCFireConsulting
Caledon, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Whether you are skating here in Winterlude or walking/biking along the accompanying path, this follows many interesting sights through Ottawa and beyond

Thank caml77
Mexico City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very nice place to stroll around with wonderfull views of Parliament Hill, the Fairmont Hotel and the river.

Thank kartikmexico
New Hamburg
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Walked around the nice walking / bike trail by the canal...beautiful and I can't believe how clean the area is!

Thank DeeMDakin

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