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"Natural Beauty in the Capital" Ottawa River/Rideau River Tip by mikey_e

Ottawa River/Rideau River, Ottawa: 10 reviews and 39 photos

  Boating on the river
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  • Boating on the river - Ottawa
      Boating on the river
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  • Lock connecting the canal to the river - Ottawa
      Lock connecting the canal to the river
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  • A serene view up the river - Ottawa
      A serene view up the river
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  • A lonely isle - Ottawa
      A lonely isle
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  • Ottawa River at dusk - Ottawa
      Ottawa River at dusk
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Ottawa's geography can be rather confusing, but it is also quite interesting. The city is located at the confluence of two rivers and a man-made canal, which sometimes makes remembering the location of various places and monuments a bit of a challenge. The Rideau Canal divides Centretown from Bytown and the Market, while the Rideau River separates Bytown and Sandy Hill from Vanier. The Ottawa River takes pride of place in the division war, however, as it marks the border between the Provinces of Ontario and Québec. Should the separatists ever win a referendum, it may one day mark an international border as well. The river is much larger than the Rideau River and much more beautiful as well. Parts of it are used for canoeing, kayaking and other watersports thanks, in part, to the placement of nature reserves and parks all along its banks. West along the Parkway that connects Wellington and the Parliament buildings to Kanata there are spectacular bike trails that are quite busy in the winter. Although this is a fairly fast moving river with quite a wide span, it does freeze in the winter (Ottawa winters really are that harsh!) which means that you can get quite a few nice shots of the frozen waters and chutes. I don't believe it freezes enough for skating - you'll have to go to the Rideau Canal for that activity.

Directions: Northern edge of the city

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 27, 2009
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