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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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  • Not being great skaters, we opted to walk along a section of the frozen canal in February. There are lots of well-marked access points and distances are also well-marked. Warming stations with open....  more »
  • The canal is spectacular year round, but especially in winter when you can skate all 7.5 kms! February is your best bet to take advantage of perfect conditions and of course Winterlude, Ottawa's...  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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