Rideau Canal

Open Time : 09:00 am to 07:00 pm

Entry : free

Address : Rideau Canal, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Phone : +1-8887738888

Why to visit Rideau Canal

The Rideau Canal is a system of picturesque lakes and rivers connected by canals that is a National Historic Site of Canada, a Canadian Heritage River, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It spans from Kingston, near the southern end of Lake Ontario, to Ottawa, the capital of Canada. It is perhaps the most gorgeous and historic canal in North America, and is maintained by Canada's Parks Service.

During the winter, a part of the Rideau Canal in central Ottawa is designated as the world's largest and second-longest skating rink. The cleared length is 7.8 kilometres, with a surface area similar to 90 Olympic ice hockey rinks. It runs from Carleton University's Hartwells Lockstation to the locks between the Parliament Buildings and the Château Laurier, passing through Dow's Lake in the process. It is a major tourist destination and recreational area, as well as the site of Ottawa's Winterlude festival.

There are several ways to get to the Rideau. Of course, a boat is the greatest way to experience the region in its entirety. With several gorgeous routes snaking their way through the heart of Old Ontario, the Rideau also offers for a superb driving experience.

FAQ on Rideau Canal

Is it possible for me to rent a boat?

Yes..there are several alternatives. Renting a houseboat or a cruiser is an option for those who want to cruise the waterway. Those only looking for a day trip can rent a pontoon boat from a local marina. A number of nearby lodges..inns and B&Bs provide boat rentals as part of their services.

When can I go boating on the Rideau Canal?

From mid-May to mid-October..the locks are open. Of course..with so much natural may go boating whenever there is open water. The majority of the lakes have launch ramps.

Special Tip

Skating on the canal has become a popular winter activity, particularly during Ottawa's Winterlude event (first three weekends of February). It's a terrific way to see some of the attractions, and you can stop for a delicious Beaver Tail at one of the canalside booths in downtown.

By Abhilasha Prasad

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