Rideau Canal National Historic Site, Ottawa

Rideau Canal National Historic Site, Ottawa (must see)

Rideau Canal was designated as a national historic site in 1925. In 2007 it was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Though it was originally built as a precaution in case a war was fought with the United States, the Rideau Canal is mostly used for cruises, boat tours and fishing.

Visitors to Ottawa can go to Rideau Canal National Historic Site to relax, look at scenery or go for a walk. Camping, biking and hiking are all popular activities at the historic site. An indoor visitor center is open Monday through Friday. It is a three-story building that introduces tourists to the history of the region. In particular, visitors can learn about how the canal was built. It also includes a children's area with interactive exhibits.

Ottawa vacationers who travel with families will find Rideau Canal National Historic Site to be a particularly good place to stop. The Rideau Canal Xplorers program provides interactive booklets to children age six to 11. They will search for clues as they follow the map. At the end of their journey they receive a souvenir to commemorate the exploration. Younger children can join Club Parka. This activity offers stories and prizes for children ages three to six.

Rideau Canal is not just a summertime hot spot. Winter visitors to Ottawa can enjoy the world's largest skating rink in January and February. A number of other winter activities take place at the historic area, though these are subject to change depending on the weather conditions.

Why You Should Visit:
- To see a one of the great outdoor marvels of Ottawa
- To learn about the engineering feats that were accomplished when building the canal

Tips:
The visitor center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. It is free to the public.

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Sight Name: Rideau Canal National Historic Site
Sight Location: Ottawa, Canada (See walking tours in Ottawa)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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