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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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  • This canal cuts through the center of the city, and works with a system of locks. In winter, it freezes and the skaters have fun on it. If you want, you can take a boat trip on it. Well interesting.
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  • This lock in 8 stages is worth to look at. At all if there is a boat through all those locks go. All in all it takes is a small two hours before the boat already that locks by is and his trip may sue. Dozens of people are watching with admiration how the young the locks manually controlling.
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  • The area around the canal is spectacular. There is a beautiful hotel right next to it, and you could also see some other old building while walking to it. It is a working canal, so if you are lucky yo...  more »
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