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Rideau Canal

Rideau Canal

Rideau Canal, Ottawa, K1N 8S7

The Basics

Ottawa visitors will almost certainly encounter the Rideau Canal at some point during their trip, as the waterway cuts right through the heart of Canada’s capital city and is visible from Parliament Hill. Bike tours of the city often follow the Rideau Canal Pathways, which extend along both sides of the canal, and many walking tours include a visit to the canal’s edge. You can also embark on Rideau Canal sightseeing cruises, or join a kayak or canoe excursion. In winter, rent skates and glide around the vast, well-maintained Rideau Canal Skateway, formed by a cordoned-off part of the canal.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Ottawa

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Beautiful day to see the Rideau Canal by boat
Robin_G, Jun. 2022
Ottawa Boat Cruise - Rideau Canal Cruise
Seeing the Landsdowne stadium with the apartment that has units that look right into it and all the bikers and kayakers
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Update the receipt information about requirements
Angie_R, Jun. 2022
Ottawa Boat Cruise - Rideau Canal Cruise
no more segregation of individuals based on medical status. The receipt still says there are requirements but not the description of the cruise. When we got there, no one checked status. Common sense for outdoor activities at least.
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Memorable and Amazing Trip to Ottawa
irshadkashif, Jun. 2022
Ottawa Boat Cruise - Rideau Canal Cruise
Staff was great, very friendly and booking process was super easy and hassle free. We've enjoyed the time spent with great people and looking around with spectacular scenic views.
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Very nice experience!
TATIANA_V, May 2022
Ottawa Boat Cruise - Rideau Canal Cruise
Lovely experience! Gabriella is an excellent guidetour, very knowledgeable and very fun to tour with😊 Smooth ride and nice view👌
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Rideau Canal Cruise
Mark_B, Aug. 2020
Ottawa Boat Cruise - Rideau Canal Cruise
Very pleased with this cruise. Kids enjoyed it. They took social distancing very seriously and we appreciated that.
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Excellent
Vishnu_P, Aug. 2020
Ottawa Boat Cruise - Rideau Canal Cruise
Even during Covid they took all precautions to keep the ride safe for all tourists. Everyone should experience this trip atleast once
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Check it out!
Mary_G, Jul. 2020
Ottawa Boat Cruise - Rideau Canal Cruise
Extremely pleasant and informative narration by host, Terry. Navigation and attention to social distancing and hygiene carried out by a very professional crew. All to an excellent sound track. Very good value for money and lovely way to while away some time in Ottawa.
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Boat Cruise
Michael_B, Aug. 2019
Ottawa Boat Cruise - Rideau Canal Cruise
Cruise was relaxing. Guide spoke well. Gave a lot of information. Crew was great and well mannered. Boat was clean and well kept.
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Great time!
Traci_D, Oct. 2021
Ottawa Boat Cruise - Rideau Canal Cruise
The stories were great! Our guide had a spunky attitude and did a great job. She was awesome! Scenery was beautiful! Just a little chilly
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Amazing Rideau Canal Tour
Jeff_N, Aug. 2021
Ottawa Boat Cruise - Rideau Canal Cruise
Brennan made this hour and a half cruise down the Rideau Canal a very pleasant time and great memory. His theatrical approach to sharing information and his off the wall sense of humour made this the best tour in Ottawa.
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What a treat!
Liesje_W, Oct. 2021
Ottawa Boat Cruise - Rideau Canal Cruise
Delightful hostess and snack mistress. And how can one not love the Rideau. How beautiful in contrast to the city centre of grey.
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Great experience
Catherine_C, Aug. 2021
Ottawa Boat Cruise - Rideau Canal Cruise
Our tour guide was informative and amusing. We loved his story about the eel in the Rideau Canal. Well done!
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Bike and boat tours on the canal run from May through October.

  • If you’re going in winter, bundle up, as temperatures frequently drop below freezing.

  • Fishing is allowed on some parts of the waterway, including Dow’s Lake. An Ontario fishing permit and outdoors card are required.

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How to Get There

If you’re staying in downtown Ottawa, the best way to reach the canal is on foot. From Ottawa’s main train station, ride the 61 bus. Alternatively, a taxi from the station will take 15 to 20 minutes.

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When to Get There

Ottawa’s peak visiting periods are January, February, and June to August. Even during its busiest times, the canal rarely feels crowded. If you want to see it at its most peaceful, go early in the morning.

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Rideau Canal Skateway

Every winter, a 4.8-mile (7.8-kilometer) stretch of the frozen Rideau Canal transforms into an open-air ice-skating rink. Designated the world’s largest naturally frozen skate rink by the Guinness World Records, the hugely popular Rideau Canal Skateway attracts an average of 20,000 visitors per day. The skating season’s length and dates vary according to weather conditions, but typically the rink is open from January to the end of February or early March. You can rent skates from canal-side huts, some of which also sell hot chocolate, hot apple cider, and BeaverTails, a fried-dough pastry topped with cinnamon and sugar.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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