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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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  • This curious piece of engineering allows you to observe closely the operation of the locks and the pilgrimage which vessels have to overcome the difference in heights between the Ottawa River and the upper part of the canal, Rio Rideau camido. Along the canal there is a museum that explains the operation with more detail and a small souvenir shop.
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  • Simply stated, the Rideau Canal is an awesome place that everyone living or visiting Ottawa has to go see - and based on its length, it's actually quite hard to miss it! In the spring and summer, it's...  more »
  • Very friendly staff st locks, full of history. You cannot really imagine how much effort it took to build this through the rocky wilderness.  more »