Rideau Canal

Rideau Canal
Have you ever heard of the Rideau Canal? If not, it’s located in o­ntario, Canada. What makes the Rideau Canal such a great place to visit is that it’s a great attraction in every season.


Rideau Canal in Winter
If you visit the Rideau Canal in the winter, you will have an opportunity to skate o­n o­ne of the largest natural skating rinks in the world. Locals and visitors skate o­n the Rideau Canal in the winter. It can get crowded in some spots at times, but there certainly isn’t a lack or room. Even if you’re in a crowded area, everyone is respectful and courteous. The o­nly recommendation is that you wait until the water has been frozen for several weeks prior to skating. While the Rideau Canal is known as o­ne of the safest places to skate, it’s still wise to take every precaution. o­ne of the best times to visit the Rideau Canal for skating is during Winterlude, which is the first three months of February. In addition to a festive attitude among the locals, you will also find concessiona stands along the canal selling hot chocolate and beavertails. Beavertails are the Canadian version of churros.

If you’re not a fan of the cold, the Rideau Canal still has plenty to offer in the summer. Many people like to walk along the canal during the Tulip Festival. While the Rideau Canal is beautiful at all times, this is when it reaches its peak beauty. If you would like to see the canal from the water, there are boat tours available. By taking a boat tour, you will be able to relax and hear about how and why the canal was built.

Rideau Canal
For all the adventure seekers out there, a great excursion is to set a kayak down at Smiths Falls and spend about 4-7 days paddling your way toward Ottawa. This is about a 125-mile trek, which is sure to be filled with incredible sites and plenty of adventure.

Overall, the Rideau Canal offers something for everyone. Be sure to visit as soon as possible.