Rideau Canal

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Rideau Canal information

Lonely Planet review

Ottawa's most famous outdoor attraction, the Rideau Canal, became Canada's 14th location to be named a Unesco national historic site on June 28, 2007. It's ideal for boating with parks, small towns, lakes and many places to stop en route, and in winter, it turns into the longest skating rink in the world.

The 7km of groomed ice features numerous rest stops and changing stations, but most importantly, skaters can pause to purchase a scrumptious slab of fried dough called beavertails. The tourism office on Wellington St has information about skate rentals.