Rideau Canal

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  • Address: Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-8887738888
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Water Body, Family And Kids

About Rideau Canal, Ottawa

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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Things to Know Before Visiting Rideau Canal

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

  • 62.17% 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

86.82% 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

  • Was a fun place to visit. Went for a skate and the ice was fantastic. Stopped to have a Beaver Tail and it was delicious. They even had a heated hut to eat the Beaver Tail and it was a good thing because it was pretty cold. If your in Ottawa in the winter season bring your skates this is a must do. Bring lots of warm clothing

  • The canal on the day I went during long weekend was rough and had so many cracks in it. I kept seeing people fall and I as well got my skates stuck in a crack and fell cause it was so deep. Line ups for rentals are super long on a busy weekend so be prepared. The hot chocolate stand had interesting flavours but came out Luke warm. Interesting experience if the ice was in better condition. I think I skated 5km or more.

  • Beautiful landmark of Ottawa. The Rideau canal, being a historical staple of Ottawa is an exciting visit anytime of year. Whether skating during the winter on the world’s largest skating rink, visiting one of the many locks, biking along either side of the canal, it is always an amazing Ottawa experience. Kayak/canoe rentals during the summer were a fun way to see the city from the water.

  • It's more than historical... It's an opportunity to enjoy the activities and events all year round. Whether your out for some fitness or talking a walk, you will enjoy it. Skating on the canal in the winter is something you just have to do!

  • Nice place for a walk in the summer. You can see the boats going up and down the locks. Fascinating for kids to watch, but don't let them get too close.

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