Rideau Canal National Historic Site of Canada
Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007, the Rideau Canal is a beautiful system of lakes, rivers and canals. It winds 202 kilometres from Ottawa, Canada's capital, to Kingston, passing through the scenic countryside, historic towns and quaint villages of Eastern Ontario along the way. There's so much to see and do along the Rideau Canal.
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Imagine yourself gliding across the calm waters of the Rideau on a crisp, bright September morning while the first rays of sun begin to bring nature to life, penetrating the ghostly fog, rising from the same tranquil waters that your boat silently travels. In the distance, you hear a few common loons calling while an osprey with piercing eyes flies in circles, looking to entrer the morning fog to capture fresh fish for breakfast. Learn more...
Taking time to explore the canal by foot is a perfect activity for families and friends looking to learn about the Rideau Canal's history and nature. While each of our 26 lockstations are worth a visit, we're offering you itineraries for Ottawa, Burritts Rapids, Jones Falls and Kingston Mills Lockstations. Don't forget your camera! Learn more...
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Take a skate along the world's largest skating rink! Each winter the historic Rideau Canal is transformed into a 7.8-kilometre skating rink. The world-famous skateway winds it way through the heart of Ottawa, stretching from downtown to Dows Lake.
The Rideau Canal skate season typically runs from January to late February. Check the ice conditions (613-239-5234) for up to date information.
Grab your skates and experience the Capital tradition of skating on the Rideau Canal! Learn more...