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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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  • Indian summer with his colored leaves, setting sun for warm colors - what a relaxing stroll along the Canal to calm down after a business day. 
  • Walking to the end of the canal itself at Chateau Laurier and looking out over where it merges with the Ottawa River was stunning. I only wish we had been there to see the sunset...we hear that is phe...  more »
  • Very cool channel, with plenty of green, sidewalk to walk and great place to take pictures, it's worth a walk by him. I was willing to come back in the winter to see it frozen.
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