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World's Coolest Skating Rinks

World's Coolest Skating Rinks: Rideau Canal Skateway

Courtesy of National Capital Commission

Rideau Canal Skateway, Ottawa, Canada

Is it any surprise the world’s largest ice-skating surface is in Canada? Ontario’s Rideau Canal bobs with boats in summer, but once the temperature drops, the 4.8-mile–long waterway—the size of 90 hockey rinks lined up end-to-end—teems with tourists and with locals skating to work or school. North America’s oldest functioning canal goes through Ottawa, Canada’s capital, all the way to Kingston. If you skate the entire frozen canal (and many do), there are plenty of snack stands along the way, and even an outdoor art gallery.

Admission is free, not including skate rental. Through February 2012. canadascapital.gc.ca

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