We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Rideau Canal

Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B8, Canada
+1 613-239-5234
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Ottawa Highlights Half-Day Bike Tour
More Info
and up
Best of Ottawa Bike Tour
More Info
and up
2-Hour Ottawa Express City Bike Tour
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
One of the oldest landmarks in Ottawa, this canal is filled with boats in the summer and becomes the "World's Longest Skating Rink" in the winter.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good29%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“skating rink” (174 reviews)
“hot chocolate” (144 reviews)
“rent skates” (42 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 08:30 - 16:30
Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B8, Canada
+1 613-239-5234
Write a Review
Reviews (3,958)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 3,159 reviews

Reviewed today

The Rideau Canal is all season attraction for locals and visitors. Both sides of the canal has paths that are only accessible to runners, walkers and bicycles. With the nice weather some sections of the path can be pretty busy. There is plenty of free...More

Thank Joan D
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It is great to walk or take a tour in one of the boats touring. In the downtown section of the canal there are lots of restaurants to choose from and many choices to choose from

Thank RabihAdada
Reviewed yesterday

It's a really nice place to go for a walk. There are trails on both sides of the canal. It's also a little bit cooler than the rest of Ottawa in the summer.

Thank psychicrox
Reviewed 2 days ago

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 cool break from the street scene plus we sighted a restaurant along...More

Thank goardjus
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The canal is long and has various places where you can sit and relax along with the locks which is neat to see the boats go thru. Stroller accessible and family friendly. A wonderful part of Ottawa.

Thank Lysa W
Reviewed 3 days ago

The walk along the canals was beautiful, and provided an opportunity to see some amazing architecture and well maintained pathways. It was a lovely way to spend the day with the family .

Thank Jassy D
Reviewed 3 days ago

Amazing to watch how the canal works. You can be up & close & can ask questions the employees. They told me they can go up & down up to 9 times a day. Wow. All hand operated.

Thank saprs0810
Reviewed 3 days ago

The end of the canal near the Parliament buildings is a very cool little spot. We really enjoyed the views and just relaxing watching the boats work there way through the locks. It was a great spot to just relax and take a break after...More

Thank Oilerman
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Enjoy this scenic route in the heart of downtown Ottawa. There are paths on both sides of the canal. Watch boats go through the process of the locks, all done by hand. Walk down to the Ottawa River then.either cross over the locks to go...More

Thank Penile
Reviewed 4 days ago

A must-see on any trip to Ottawa. The Canal very long-it goes all the way to Kingston- but you can get to it right by the Parliament Buildings. It makes for a nice walk!

Thank Caribby96
Nearby Restaurants
Play Food & Wine
1,315 reviews
.28 km away
Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar
391 reviews
.26 km away
173 reviews
.22 km away
The Shore Club
369 reviews
.30 km away
Nearby Attractions
Parliament Hill and Buildings
5,860 reviews
.26 km away
Parliament Hill
1,705 reviews
.26 km away
Peace Tower
1,039 reviews
.32 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
13 April 2017|
Response from mackky10 | Reviewed this property |
There are 45 locks in 23 lockstations along the main route of the Rideau.
Swathi C
31 March 2017|
Response from estelalutero | Reviewed this property |
No. It is open to the public. the ice skate rink only during winter time.
17 February 2017|
Response from KathleenR_28 | Reviewed this property |
Most of the parking areas charge, as you can see from this list. It seems that the World Exchange Plaza has free parking on the weekends. Rideau Centre ($) National Arts Centre ($) (50 metres from the NAC access... More