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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. Use our Ottawa trip itinerary planner to visit Rideau Canal on your trip to Ottawa, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • August 16, 2017
    If you have patience and want to relax a little. Reach this place can be a good lpcion to enjoy as they fill and empty with water gates to move the boats were side-by-side through the channel.
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  • August 16, 2017
    It's right next to Parliament Hill, and it's really nice to see and photograph. To see in operation.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Our relaxing ride on the Rideau was delightful in that the narrator was animated and very attentive to his audience. He would pop little riddles into question that often brought fun reactions. Great c...  more »

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For the best access to restaurants and shops, stay in the historic central neighborhood of ByWard Market, where you can choose from a range of comfortable hotels. Options also abound just south of the canal in Centretown, where you can enjoy easy access to the best attractions in Ottawa. You can explore the city's diverse heritage by staying in one of its many cultural hubs--Chinatown, Little Italy, and Quartier Vanier offer a distinctive taste of China, Italy, and France respectively.
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