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Rideau Canal, Ottawa
(4.7/5 based on 3,200+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Nice place, quiet, perfect for a walk on a sunny day! Around has some nice sights also.
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  • I enjoyed being able to show my husband the Rideau Canal and other highlights of Ottawa. Although I enjoyed the canal more during the summer months or skating on it in the winter time, it was still en...  more »
  • Just moved to the market in Ottawa. So far so great! Discovered a bike path along the canal. The path cuts thru different neighbourhoods as does the canal. Absolutely beautiful!! Can't wait to skate i...  more »