- Type: Lakes and Rivers
NileGuide Expert Says:
At Somerset Street and Queen Elizabeth Driveway, a delightful pedestrian bridge spans the Rideau Canal.
- Built between 1827 and 1832 without the aid of power machinery, the Canal is one of Ottawa's oldest landmarks and is both a National Historic Site and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Locally, it runs from the Ottawa River near Parliament Hill to Hog's Back Falls on the south end of the city. During the summer, a wide range of vessels, including tour boats, glide along the waterway, while people in-line skate, jog or stroll on the canal's picturesque banks. In the winter, the canal is transformed into the "World's Longest Skating Rink," and is a hub of activity during Ottawa's Winterlude festival. The canal extends about 100 miles from Ottawa to Kingston, Ontario and is a popular navigable waterway and recreation site.
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