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Dows Lake Pavilion Ottawa

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Dows Lake Pavilion
1001 QUEEN ELIZABETH DRIVE
Ottawa
ON
K1S5K7
Tel: (613) 232-1001

Where are we going today?

Dows Lake Pavilion is a year-round recreational centre on the Rideau Canal. In summer, they offer bikes, in-line skates, pedal boats, canoes and kayaks for rent. You can dine in one of the two restaurants overlooking the lake, or bring your lunch and enjoy it under a shady tree in the nearby arboretum. In the winter, the Rideau Canal becomes the world's longest outdoor skating rink, with over 7 km of groomed ice.
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    I was just there yesterday July 22, 2013 and the pedal boat I was given only wanted to go in circles. I blame it to my lack of knowledge operating a pedal boat. I returned to see if they can exchange the pedal boat to a canoe and I was told that it was too late. It was 7:15 p.m. After only half an hour of me trying to operate it. Anyways, I was disappointed but understood. Then the staff at the rental could not find my driver's licence. They searched the entire premises and could not find it. After waiting for about 20 minutes and the supervisor...Read More

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    Waiting here on May 9th for the fireworks ....checked the website and everything but no announcement of it being canceled. Poor planning that's what it is.

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by Ana Minier

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I was just there yesterday July 22, 2013 and the pedal boat I was given only wanted to go in circles. I blame it to my lack of knowledge operating a pedal boat. I returned to see if they can exchange the pedal boat to a canoe and I was told that it was too late. It was 7:15 p.m. After only half an hour of me trying to operate it. Anyways, I was disappointed but understood. Then the staff at the rental could not find my driver's licence. They searched the entire premises and could not find it. After waiting for about 20 minutes and the supervisor scratching his head cause he could not find it either. I decided to help and went over where I had checked in and started going through the piles of life jackets, I found my driver's licence and the next customer behind me. Oh yeah I forgot to mentioned that there was another customer with a lost piece of ID. I said to the supervisor (I didn't get his name) that he needs to be careful to which he replied that I should give him a break that it was too busy today, about 300 customers and that he is understaffed. I was so annoyed at this point because neither him or the girl that checked my ID wanted to acknowledge responsibility for the mistake. I was not compensated in any way and somehow it seemed to me that I was responsible. All I needed from this supervisor was an apology which I did not get. So needless to say that I WILL NOT be coming back to rent from them. Horrible experience.

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