The Rideau Canal

Posted by on Monday, February 6, 2017

Built in 1832, The Rideau Canal connects the city of Ottawa to the city of Kingston.

It is 202 kilometres in length.

The canal was opened in 1832 as a precaution in case of war with the United States. It remains in use today primarily for pleasure boating, with most of its original structures intact, operated by Parks Canada.

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 and has the equivalent surface area of 90 Olympic ice hockey rinks. 

The Skateway is open 24 hours a day. The length of the season depends on the weather, but typically the Rideau Canal Skateway opens in January and closes in March.



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