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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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  • der Rideau Canal ist zwar schön anzusehen, wir fanden ihn allerdings recht Langweilig. liegt wohl daran, das es sonst nichts zu sehen gibt. 
  • Great in the winter for a skate! There are many places to rent skates or sleds along the canal. Sleds are great for non skaters and easy to push by a skater. 
  • The canal is absolutely the focal point of the city. We visited in early September and was a wonderful time to visit. We visited the area by the locks and walked along it through the city. Must see wh...  more »