Rideau Canal (ice conditions)
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Hours of Operation statusOpen · Closes 10:00 PM
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The concentration of the Rideau Canal locks are best observed right off Wellington St between Parliament and The Chateau Laurier. The Rideau Canal turns into the Worlds Longest Skating rink during the Winter, into Winterlude. It runs from Downtown to Dow's Lake. Great views can also be had from…
Walk alongside the longest man-made canal in the world or skate on it during those wonderfully cold winter days.
In winter, a section of the Rideau Canal passing through central Ottawa becomes officially the world's largest and second longest skating rink. The cleared length is 7.8 kilometres (4.8 mi) and has the equivalent surface area of 90 Olympic ice hockey rinks
One of the better views of the Canal - also where you find the 'lock bridge' - where couples put hundreds of initialled locks on the bridge railing as a symbol of their love.