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Rideau Canal, Ottawa

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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. Use our Ottawa trip itinerary planner to visit Rideau Canal on your trip to Ottawa, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • We saw the canal during the winter time and it was just as beautiful to see. We took a walk down by the canal during sunset and the views of the city were phenomenal. Great as a free attraction in Ott...  more »
  • impressive to know that there is more than 4 km of frozen water. attention without skates it's slippery. We went at night, it was nice but not skate rent. There are huts on the ice to drink a shot or eating.
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  • See the winter when it is frozen, it is open in rink which is really fun to do! Good time to relax
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