Rideau Canal

Currently Open [Closes at 07:00 pm]
  • Address: Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-8887738888
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Water Body, Family And Kids

Rideau Canal - Review

The Rideau Canal forms the longest ice-skating rink in the world during winter and offers a range of activities including camping and boating all year round. Opened in the 1830’s as a strategic idea in case of a war with the United States, today the canal is a recreational hub with families and friends spending some quality time camping, mooring or boating at the canal. The Rideau Canal is the oldest operating canal in North America and is a UNESCO Heritage site with the educational tours arranged here adding to its charm.

For visitors who don’t want to explore the activities arranged here, a walk along the canal is just as relaxing.  

Rideau Canal Information

  • Other contact detail: +1 8194209486

Rideau Canal Ticket Prices


  • Group Tour for Commercial Group, per person: $ 3.40
  • Education Program: $ 1.90 per person
  • Group Camping without Showers, per person: $ 4.90

Lockage: (Per foot)

  • Single Lock and Return: $ 0.90
  • One Day: $ 1.60
  • Transit one-way: $ 4.65
  • Six Days: $ 5.05
  • Seasonal: $ 8.80
  • Seasonal (Rental House Boats): $ 13.10
  • Seasonal (Commercial): $ 28.80 

Boat Launching:

  • Per Day: $ 9.80
  • Per Season: $ 98.10

Mooring: Per Foot:

  • Overnight (includes day mooring): $ 0.90
  • Seasonal, overnight: $ 9.80
  • Seasonal (Commercial), overnight: $ 19.60

For other prices, visit the official website.  

Rideau Canal Opening and Closing Hours

  • May 20 to June 26: Victoria Day: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm 
  • June 27 to September 5: Canada Day, August Civic Holiday and Labour Day: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm.
  • Sept 6 to Oct 10: Thanksgiving: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • For information on changes in timings, visit the official website.  

How To reach Rideau Canal by Public Transport

  • By Bus: Clegg / Colonel By or at O'Connor / First
  • By Taxi
  • By renting a Car/ Bicycle.
  • On foot

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TripHobo Highlights for Rideau Canal

  • Rideau Canal Address: Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • Rideau Canal Contact Number: +1-8887738888
  • Rideau Canal Timing: 09:00 am - 07:00 pm
  • Rideau Canal Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Rideau Canal(preferred time): 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Rideau Canal: 02:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Rideau Canal

  • 95% of people who visit Ottawa include Rideau Canal in their plan

  • 63.27% of people start their Rideau Canal visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Rideau Canal

Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday

87.05% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Rideau Canal

People normally club together National War Memorial and Canadian Museum Of Nature while planning their visit to Rideau Canal.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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Rideau Canal, Ottawa Reviews

  • A beautiful feature of Ottawa, this picturesque waterway actually extends through the Rideau lake system and down to Kingston. For the portion that winds through Ottawa, there are bike paths and parks almost along the entire length. There are a couple of restaurants at one end and a pretty decent pub at Pretoria bridge. If you are planning to stroll along the banks, bring water or anything else you need because Ottawa is way too lame to allow for small pop-up cafes, food carts, or beer stands.

  • Ii just moved here this week and decided to walk the canal from Carleton University up to the canals behind the Parliament building on a lovely Spring day. It's a beautiful walk. Lots of stunning houses along the canal. It's very clean. Almost no garbage visible and very few cigarette butts on the ground. I don't remember any graffiti. If I was a tourist I wouldn't walk the canal as far as I did but it is worth it to do it near the Parliament for a kilometre or so.

  • Beautiful walk. Does not feel like you are in a major city. Provides green space year round. You can walk, run, bike, relaxing stroll. Connects to University of Ottawa and Carleton University. Longest skating rink in the winter.

  • Cast a fishing line from a rocky outcrop. Visit Victorian towns and military blockhouses. Cycle a woodland pathway and picnic alongside hand-operated locks on the 19th century Rideau Canal, an historic waterway linking a scenic string of rivers and lakes. Quickly constructed in a time of military threat, the length of the canal is now a diverse outdoor playground where history mingles with the mellow Eastern Ontario countryside. The navigation season runs from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving (mid-May to mid-October).

  • Nice place to ride a bicycle or rollerblading. Even jogging or walking. A very nice view. If you have a canoe you can also enjoy canoeing allong the channel. It is a mandatory visiting place in Ottawa city.

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