Home to the world's largest skating rink, Rideau Canal has earned World Heritage Site status as North America's oldest operational canal system. Connecting the cities of Ottawa and Kingston, the waterway stretches just over 200 km (124 mi) and forms two waterfalls at the spot where it empties into the Ottawa River. Popular with boaters during the summer months, in the winter the canal draws thousands of revelers to its 7 km (4.5 mi) rink. Along the skateway, dozens of food kiosks offer warm beverages and freshly prepared beavertails, a tasty fried dough. With our online itinerary creator, Ottawa attractions like Rideau Canal can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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Rideau Canal Reviews
My friend & I went to the eternal flame near Parliament House but there where many tourists there as Parliament house was being re cleaned outside, so we where politely told to go to the right to see ... more »
Wandered down to the canal locks while a boat was actually going through. Good timing! Got a first hand view of it in operation with 4 Canada parks workers manoeuvre through each lock, as the boat mad... more »
Worth it!! Beautiful. Enjoyable. Going again. Tip : If temperature is above 0 degrees... Not fun. Not enjoyable. Ice is snow. And skating becomes walking.
I always loved water - the ocean, lakes, and rivers. Now a UNESCO heritage site, the Rideau Canal is a 200 kilometer waterway connecting Lake Ontario to Ottawa, Canada's capital. See it by water or by land. By car, you can access the waterway that includes lakes and rivers at many points. Kids are fascinated by the locks, the boats, and beaches. Adults like the scenery, the water, and the history. If you have a boat, it is a wonderful two-day trip with a lovely old lodge and hotel in the middle.
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