Home to the world's largest skating rink, Rideau Canal National Historic Site 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 National Historic Site 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 National Historic Site Reviews
We walked alongside the Rideau Canal, from the Westin Hotel, in the direction going away from Parliament Hill. We saw some boats waiting to go through the gated lock areas. Nice place to go on a... more »
hired bikes and spent the whole day cycling along the canal in the sun, gorgeous way to sight see a lot of ottowa! more »
5 of my best friends and I drove 7 1/2 hours to come and skate on the canal. It was an incredibly fun experience, some would say one of a lifetime. I am so impressed with how well the canal rink is maintained and for the general atmosphere created by skaters.
Such a great spot. The ice care today is so much better than it was years ago. I was there last week and recognized a family that had obviously come a long way to see the canal. It made me even more thankful that it's so accessible to locals'. I'll usually park about midway around Patterson's Creek or bank street. Love the posters under bank street bridge this year. I had no idea that Mr. Fullerton (previous chair of NCC in the 70's) is why we have the canal today.
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