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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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  • Gorgeous view! Great to run or stroll by and enjoy the scenery! Very impressive and in the middle of downtown  more »
  • We hired bikes and spent a lovely couple of hours cycling up to Dow Lake and back (fitter and more adventurous could venture much further). Cost about $50 Canadian for two of us for 2.5 hrs to hire. F...  more »
  • We enjoyed the canals vastly! We actually made time to visit them twice during our stay. Both times we were fortunate to see the boats coming through, one from each direction. There is a nice museum o...  more »