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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. With our online itinerary creator, Ottawa attractions like Rideau Canal can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • I lived in Ottawa decades ago, when I skated on the canal in the winter and walked along it to work in the spring. So it was wonderful to see this pretty spot in Ottawa again during a recent trip...  more »
  • Not yet open for skating, but have skated in previous years. Very neat in both summer and winter. The locks are fun to watch.  more »
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  • We walked the Rideau trail and sailed the canal with the cruise electric boat during our visit in Ottawa, it was amazing experience. It was mid October and the nature was colourful and beautiful. Everywhere clean and nice people and community walking around.
  • The Rideau Canal is one of Canada's wonders of the country. It spans from Lake Ontario into Ottawa with many locks. Ideal in the summer time for boating. You can take awesome boat cruises and if you are in Ottawa, it's a great thing to do. Perfect in the winter time for ice skating. Considered the longest ice rink in the world.
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