The Rideau Canal connects the city of Ottawa (Canada’s capital) to the city of Kingston. This canal has been designated by the Guinness World Record as the largest naturally frozen skating rink in the world. According to the Canada’s National Capital Commission (NCC), the Rideau Canal hosts to a daily average of 19,000 visitors from around the world during the winter months. Above all, skating here is FREE.
The Rideau Canal has also been inscribed into the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage List in 2007.
“The Rideau Canal, a monumental early 19th-century construction covering 202 km of the Rideau and Cataraqui rivers from Ottawa south to Kingston Harbour on Lake Ontario, was built primarily for strategic military purposes at a time when Great Britain and the United States vied for control of the region. The site, one of the first canals to be designed specifically for steam-powered vessels, also features an ensemble of fortifications. It is the best-preserved example of a slackwater canal in North America, demonstrating the use of this European technology on a large scale. It is the only canal dating from the great North American canal-building era of the early 19th century to remain operational along its original line with most of its structures intact.” – UNESCO
Also on the postcard are the Canadian Parliament buildings and the Chateau Laurier Hotel.