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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. 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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  • After a visit to the Parliament buildings, a trip to Ottawa must include a meander along/on the Rideau Canal. In Winter, the canal is used for skating. Skates can be rented on-site. It's a real experi...  more »
  • I had reviewed the Rideau Canal before. But after skating on it a few times in the last couple of weeks, I feel compelled to write another one. In the winter time, depending on the outdoor temperature...  more »
  • Sitting at Dow's Lake on the Canal to watch the sun set is breathtaking. Tulip Festival is a great time. A picturesque place to walk, run, or bike along  more »
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