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Rideau Canal

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Address: Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B8, Canada
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+1 613-239-5234
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Mon - Fri 08:30 - 16:30
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One of the oldest landmarks in Ottawa, this canal is filled with boats in...

One of the oldest landmarks in Ottawa, this canal is filled with boats in the summer and becomes the "World's Longest Skating Rink" in the winter.

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Winter skating and hot chocolate

Visiting a few days in Ottawa last winter and spent a day skating on the canal. We had rented a small "skate bucket"? so the kids could rest or push around. Stopped for hot... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Toronto, Ontario
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visiting a few days in Ottawa last winter and spent a day skating on the canal. We had rented a small "skate bucket"? so the kids could rest or push around. Stopped for hot chocolate and maple syrup. People were friendly, lots of help and no speedsters racing around. Do it if you get the chance.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The best longer canal in the world and friendly Canadian people recommend A must visiting the place.

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guelph
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great skating experience, we all love the scenery and attractions and ice sculptures. Would love to see in the summer.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Fun outdoor activity in the heart of Ottawa. Ice was good this year - while it lasted. Interlude is always fun

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london
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Skated before it got to warm to! The scenery and vibe is great - food along the canal was good, rest stations etc. Pricey to store boots while you skate, would recommend a backpack!

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a really fun experience. I hadn't been ice skating in a long time and never outside. I rented skates for $13. This isn't a quick stop, or at least wasn't on the sunny Saturday that we went. We parked far away and waited in line a while for skates but it was worth it.. we all rented hockey... More 

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Kitchener, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our trip was specifically to skate on the Rideau Canal and we did it ! the ice was in god condition when we arrived ( last weekend of winterlude ) but due to warmer weather the skateway was closed due to poor ice conditions and to try and preserve the skating season a little longer should the cold weather return... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Canal was amazing to be on during the winter. The setup for skating it was very well thought out. Having warming stations and bathrooms as well as food stands we very convenient. We are excited to visit when it's warmer!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I know we can't blame the weather but was very dissapointed not to be able to skate due to the heat in the city. It was the number one reason for us to visit Ottawa!

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Ottawa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Boat tours in the summer, skating in the winter... either way it's a must see in Ottawa. Great even just to sit along in the summer and watch the world go by...

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