Ottawa: The Charming Rideau Canal

A Weekend trip is a great way to explore a city close by and being in Toronto has provided us with several options including the beautiful city of Ottawa.

About 280 miles, is the distance between Toronto & Ottawa by car and it took us about 5 hours to drive with one food stop on the way. Our itinerary had some of the must-see places in the city – Parliament Hill, National War Memorial, ByWard Market, Rideau Canal alongwith a few more.

By early afternoon we were in the capital of Canada, which looked beautiful on a bright sunny day and our visit began with Parliament Hill, which was followed by Rideau canal. Just a block or two walk from the Hill, and a few steps down took us to the this UNESCO World Heritage site.

We stopped by an information board to read about its history. Covering a distance of over 126 miles from Ottawa to Kingston, Rideau Canal was built between 1826 – 1832 for military reasons by the British to have a safe supply channel. Now, this charming stretch of water graces the Capital city and is a great spot to unwind & enjoy for tourists and locals alike.

Rideau Canal
Rideau Canal

The views were remarkable – the water appeared as a mirror reflecting the blue tones of the clear sky blending with the green hues of the trees lined all along and the buildings in between seemed to be elongated by the subtle movement of water. Perfect setting for a picture. And we did click some beautiful pictures of this lovely canal.

Its a great place to take a walk and enjoy the nature. Not just that, a Boat Tour or Water Taxi close to the Ottawa locks, during summer is a wonderful way to experience this heritage site. And in winters, it transforms into a massive skating rink, ideal for winter outings.

Rideau Canal

We spent some time close to the Ottawa locks & the war memorial enjoying our walk on the banks and a vibrant Canadian summer. I would have loved to explore more but due to a packed schedule, we were only able to see a part of this beautiful Rideau Canal.

A winter visit will be so much fun when the canal is all frozen up and I wouldn’t miss skating.

Rideau Canal

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