Rideau Canal

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  • 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 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
  • Time required to visit Rideau Canal: 02:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Rideau Canal

  • 48.32% of people who visit Ottawa include Rideau Canal in their plan

  • 77.17% 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

92.64% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Rideau Canal

People normally club together Byward Market and Canadian Museum Of Nature while planning their visit to Rideau Canal.

People also prefer to start their day with Rideau Canal.

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

Rideau Canal Trips

Rideau Canal, Ottawa Reviews

  • When it comes to history Ottawa is full of interesting tidbits and more. Even though I've lived here all my life I still am finding nuggets of information that I didnt know about my own city. I would say go downtown and look around and visit places like parks and galleries, Parliament Hill, Supreme Court of Canada and more!!!

  • Always a beautiful view along the Canal. This isn't my first run along the Canal, but this was my first time doing it for the Army Run. Did it as a family and we had a blast. Already looking forward to doing it again next year.

  • This place is amazing! We can walk around it located at down town Ottawa! Every look beautiful and the people are friendly! They don't have alot of food around or coffee shop. But it's a good place for a walk and learn new things

  • Beautiful area around the Rideau Canal with walkways and green space for kilometers in both directions. Educational for the kids since, in the warmer months, you can stand and watch the locks in action. (That is, if you have an hour to spare to watch the water slowly full up and go out.) Foot traffic / bicycles only next to the canal however there are parking lots along the way. Road is not far off in most places and follows the route of the canal.

  • Brilliant tour trip! Very informative, and guide was hilarious the while way through, whilst getting the topic over and the facts out. Very enjoyable for adults and kids alike. If you only have time for one thing in Ottawa, make it this (after the light show!)

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