Rideau Canal National Historic Site, Ottawa

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Home to the world's largest skating rink, Rideau Canal National Historic Site 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 National Historic Site 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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  • This canal goes between the Parliament buildings and the Chateau Laurier Hotel. Small private pleasure boats go up and down and you can stand on the bridge or along the walkway and watch them... 
    This canal goes between the Parliament buildings and the Chateau Laurier Hotel. Small private pleasure boats go up and down and you can stand on the bridge or along the walkway and watch them...  more »
  • We watched the pleasure boats proceed through the locks. It is impressive that the locks are managed by hand. 
    We watched the pleasure boats proceed through the locks. It is impressive that the locks are managed by hand.  more »
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  • Always have enjoyed the canal ever since I was a child.
  • Amazing place to go visit either winter or summer

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