The target=“_blank”>Rideau Canal was constructed in 1832 and added in 2007 to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. For most residents of Ottawa, and visitors too, the 126-mile long canal is appreciated less as an engineering marvel than as a year-round playground. In the summer, boaters sail their crafts on its water and joggers and bikers take advantage of the paths along its banks; in the winter, skaters take to the ice when it freezes solid. There’s a bike station conveniently located right across from the target=“_blank”>Fairmont Château Laurier. A leisurely ride will give you a taste of much of the city, including target=“_blank”>Dow's Lake, the boutiques and galleries of the Golden Triangle and target=“_blank”>Parliament Hill.
When you are ready to explore Canada, read Cari’s itinerary and nine others created by AFAR’s Travel Advisory Council at target=“_blank”>AFAR Journeys.