This Way…..Along the Rideau Canal


Lets take a stroll along the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Canada.  This 202 km long waterway links the city of Ottawa with Kingston, Ontario and Lake Ontario and is made up of a chain of lakes, rivers and canals.  First opened in 1832 (as a precaution in the case of was with the US – yikes!), the Canal is now a National Historic Site, beautifully maintained by Parks Canada, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, in Ottawa it feels like the main artery of the city.

In a city that celebrates recreation, the Canal is a haven for for pleasure boaters as well as (obviously) paddle boarders. The paths along each side of the canal make for a lovely walk (for folks like me) and is a natural draw for runners and cyclists.

In winter, a 7.8 km portion of the canal that runs through central Ottawa becomes the Rideau Skateway – the world’s largest skating rink.  What an interesting commute to work that would be, don’t you think?  I’ve been lucky enough to visit the canal in spring, summer and autumn….. but it is on my list of things to do, to skate here in the wintertime.

You can add that to your bucket list, too. 🙂

…. an entry for Which Way? Challenge…..

14 thoughts on “This Way…..Along the Rideau Canal

  1. Cee Neuner April 16, 2015 / 5:45 pm

    You have a great leading line in your photo. Thanks for playing.

  2. LifestyleswithLia April 16, 2015 / 10:49 pm

    What a lovely canal! Thank you for this virtual trip! I’d love to paddle board on it!
    Cheers and greetings to you: )

    • JanetRimmington April 17, 2015 / 1:51 am

      Hi Lia! This does look like fun. The paddle boarder made it look effortless. Have you ever tried paddle boarding?

      • LifestyleswithLia April 17, 2015 / 1:53 am

        I’ve never tried it but I see it everywhere and I’ve got to try it soon!!!: )

      • JanetRimmington April 17, 2015 / 1:58 am

        I’d like to, too! 🙂 Maybe this summer……
        Happy Almost Weekend!

  3. TBM April 17, 2015 / 11:33 am

    Oh I love exploring the canals in London. Now I should try ones in Canada if I get the chance.

  4. Terri Webster Schrandt April 17, 2015 / 2:37 pm

    Great photo! I like the idea of Ottowaw being a city that celebrates recreation. Love the paddle-boarder. Looks like one could commute to work that way 🙂

    • JanetRimmington April 17, 2015 / 3:38 pm

      Ottawa seems that way to me. There are loads of good cycling routes and many, many people commute to that way. Also, in winter, folks commute on the Skateway…. Ice skating on the Rideau. But paddle boarding to work…. How cool would that be? 🙂

    • JanetRimmington April 22, 2015 / 4:49 pm

      Thanks Cee!! 😊 Wishing you a very happy week, as well!

      • Cee Neuner April 22, 2015 / 5:24 pm

        You are welcome.

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