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Rideau Canal

Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B8, Canada
+1 613-239-5234
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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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Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B8, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday

The Rideau Canal is a very picturesque canal. The locks are particularly interesting, especially when a boat is going through them.

Thank davemacuser
Reviewed yesterday

The Rideau Canal is a marvel of labour. It took a long time and a lot of engineering to complete but is now a great boat trip. It goes 146 kilometers from Ottawa to Westport. Wonderful scenery with the pleasure of locks to enjoy plenty...More

Thank A6848TDdavidp
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A must do in Ottawa, a beautiful canal with a path for running or cycling, great for sports. Very peaceful and relaxing .

Thank Ivan Z
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It was a pleasure watching the boats go through the locks. We and our young teenagers were very impressed with the history behind the locks and watching the process. There is also the bytown museum right there that is pretty cool itself. It's apparently haunted,...More

Thank Natalie G
Reviewed 2 days ago

Just stand on the bridge and look at the locks of canal. It is interesting. The surrounding park is also very nice.

Thank rodjin
Reviewed 3 days ago

The beautiful Rideau canal winds through Ottawa and offers a variety of sites to enjoy. The canal itself is over 7km long, but the waterway actual is connected by rivers all the way to Kingston. At one end, you can watch the series of locks...More

Thank 448andyk
Reviewed 3 days ago

I've walked the edge of the Rideau Canal many times but this summer my son and I put a canoe in at a park up stream from Dowes Lake and enjoyed a pleasant couple of hours seeing Ottawa from a whole new perspective. There are...More

Thank Robert T
Reviewed 4 days ago

Very interesting to watch the locks in action. Peaceful place to explore. Great walking area. Lots to see.

Thank TomS1970
Reviewed 4 days ago

Interesting and attractive place to visit. Walk, ride a bike or just sit and relax. Neat and tidy location.

Reviewed 4 days ago

The locks of the canal were run by very friendly people who gladly shared how they worked and what they were doing - which was hard work on a very hot day. Neat to see a pully and chain cranked by hand is still used...More

Thank Risa M
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13 April 2017|
Response from mackky10 | Reviewed this property |
There are 45 locks in 23 lockstations along the main route of the Rideau.
Swathi C
31 March 2017|
Response from estelalutero | Reviewed this property |
No. It is open to the public. the ice skate rink only during winter time.
17 February 2017|
Response from KathleenR_28 | Reviewed this property |
Most of the parking areas charge, as you can see from this list. It seems that the World Exchange Plaza has free parking on the weekends. Rideau Centre ($) National Arts Centre ($) (50 metres from the NAC access... More