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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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  • The Rideau canal is a wonderful place to take a stroll, or A skate in the winter. Lots of stunning scenery, and places to sit and enjoy.  more »
  • It's fun to bike by in the Summer given that there isn't construction, and its fun to watch tourists and boat enthusiasts waste hours just to up the canal for no reason. It's very safe and clean, but ...  more »
  • Ottawa is a city great and far from the image there. The rideau canal is very beautiful. It's the perfect spot for a nice walk
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