Draped in natural splendor and brimming with a relaxed urban vibe, Ottawa is a truly unique destination. At the core of the city’s geography is the Rideau Canal, which brings together the past and present Ottawa.
Recognized internationally as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ottawa section of Rideau Canal transforms into one of the world’s largest skating rink in the Winter. The Skateway is 7.8 kilometres long, and begins just steps from Canada’s Parliament Buildings. The scenic skating rink extends to Dows Lake, where you’ll find an outdoor art gallery on the ice! In between, warm up at rest areas with tasty snacks, like the classic Canadian treat, the beaver tail pastry.
While Ottawa is home to Canadian landmarks, like the Parliament Buildings and Chateau Laurier, the power of nature is still a strong force in this modern city. After all, where else can you canoe right into the heart of the city? These canoeists paddled directly into the downtown core at Rideau and Elgin Street and stopped for a drink at the Ritz on Rideau!
Have you had a memorable moment on the Rideau Canal past or present?