Rideau Canal, Ottawa

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  • The Rideau Canal looking towards the Ottawa River.
    The Rideau Canal looking towards the...
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    The Rideau Canal looking south.
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    The Rideau Canal

    by Paul2001 Updated Jul 22, 2012

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    The Rideau Canal looking towards the Ottawa River.
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    Favorite thing: The Rideau Canal is a man built channel that connects Ottawa to Kingston, Ontario, which sits on the northeast corner of Lake Ontario. The waterway was built after the War of 1812 as a means to navigate from Lake Ontario into Quebec and Montreal without running along the St. Lawrence River and the American border. There were commerical purposes behind the building of the canal too. In 1832 when the Rideau Canal was opened, it improved access from Montreal to Great Lakes because the St. Lawrence is hard to navigate because of it's many rapids. Because there has never been a war between Canada and the United States since the canal was open, it's sole usage has been commerical. It served as a means to transport minerals and crops from inland North America to an Atlantic port.
    Today the Rideau Canal is more a pleasure craft route than anything as small boats travel up and down it all summer. In Ottawa the flanks of the canal are lined with well maintained parks that are pleasure to walk along. In the winter the Rideau Canal freezes over making it the world's longest skating rink. Sadly in recent years it does not freeze over too often thanks climate change.

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    Rideau Canal

    by kris-t Updated Sep 10, 2011

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    Favorite thing: The Rideau Canal (or Rideau Waterway) connects Ottawa to the city of Kingston on Lake Ontario.

    The canal was opened in 1832. The initial purpose of the Rideau Canal was military, the canal also served a commercial purpose.

    The Rideau Canal never had to be used as a military supply route but it played a significant role in the early development of Canada.

    About 19 kilometres (12 miles) of the 202 kilometres (125 miles) of the Rideau Canal is man-made.

    The Rideau Canal has 45 locks (1-8 in Ottawa); most of the locks are still hand-operated.

    Fondest memory: In 1925 the Rideau Canal was designated a National Historic Site of Canada.

    In 2007 it was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    In winter the Rideau Canal in central Ottawa becomes officially the world's largest skating rink.

    You can take a Boat tours of the canal.

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  • a Romantic Walk

    by GuyRoy Written Apr 30, 2006

    Favorite thing: very scenic, i stayed at the Holiday Inn that was very near to this canal, very close the parliament aswell. shopping areas and downtown. the canal is scenic and good for a walk with your partner, if ur alone doesnt matter, the aura is great.

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    see the Canal Rideau and its...

    by GUYON Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Favorite thing: see the Canal Rideau and its locks near the Parliament. The number of locks and the short distance between each lock show the steep slope of the canal.

    Fondest memory: Initially, the Canal was constructed, in the beginning of 19° century, for military purpose to linked Bytown to Fort Henry at Kingston. It was easy to transport safely and quickly troups from a fort to an other .

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  • experience the Rideau Canal at...

    by BackpackNat Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: experience the Rideau Canal at any time of the year. In the winter the canal turns into the 'World's Longest Skating Rink' and is the focus of Winterlude, one of the biggest winter festivals in North America.

    Fondest memory: Canadians came off as a very friendly people. Ottawa offers a relaxed, european atmosphere with tree-lined streets and unique little shops.

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    The Rideau Canal built in...

    by Kentbein Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: The Rideau Canal built in 1826-1832 is a primary feature of the city. The establishment of the canal shifted development from Wrightstown to the southern shore where Ottawa stands today, with a population of approximately 330,000 people. The canal was originally built to provide a safe route to Kingston after the War of 1812. Today the canal is a major tourist destination in summer for boaters and in winter the 198 km waterway becomes the world's longest skating rink, filled with people having a grand time in Canada’s freezing weather.

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    by Travel_Gal Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Fondest memory: As I was growing up in Ottawa, the Rideau Canal was a part of my life. During the summer I would wander along it, watching boats gliding along, and going through the locks. And when winter arrived, and the canal froze up, it was time to strap on the skates. The canal is the longest skating rink in the world, and a major travel route for many people. So no matter what time of the year you travel to Ottawa, you can enjoy the canal

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