Cast a fishing line from a rocky outcrop. Visit Victorian towns and military blockhouses. Cycle a woodland pathway and picnic alongside hand-operated locks on the 19th century Rideau Canal, an historic waterway linking a scenic string of rivers and lakes. Quickly constructed in a time of military threat, the length of the canal is now a diverse outdoor playground where history mingles with the mellow Eastern Ontario countryside.

Featured things to do

Boating and paddling on the Rideau Canal’s waterways

Paddle or motor through the Rideau Canal National Historic Site’s historic lock system for a day or a week. Swim sandy beaches, go fishing, watch for wildlife, and camp at lockstations.

Camp at a lockstation and sleep surrounded by history and nature

Boaters, cyclists and hikers can pitch a tent amidst the history of the Rideau Canal’s lockstations, enjoying a unique camping experience with the comforts of a well serviced campsite.

Fish the canal - its rivers, lakes and locks

Kick back, relax and sport fish the Rideau Canal’s rivers and lakes, landing a catch from a mighty Muskie to tasty Bass and Walleye.

Sites nearby

  • Laurier House National Historic Site

    Two of Canada’s most important Prime Ministers, Sir Wilfrid Laurier and the Rt. Hon. William Lyon Mackenzie King, resided in this Victorian Ottawa mansion where they entertained dignitaries and politicians while often conducting the nation’s business. 

  • Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site

    Discover a newfound fascination with engineering along the Trent-Severn Waterway. This navigational wonder adds up to 44 locks, 104 operable dams and six heritage lockstations along a 386-km scenic string of canals and waterways.

  • Fort George National Historic Site

    Mingle with British redcoats among Fort George’s soldier’s barracks, palisades and cannons; experience the sounds of the War of 1812 through Fort George’s internationally renowned 41st Fife and Drum Corps; witness military demonstrations and fire a musket yourself!

  • Thousand Islands National Park

    Granite islands speckle the St. Lawrence River in a transition zone between Canadian Shield and Adirondack Mountains. Explore by boating, paddling, or hiking. Awesome Thousand Islands National Park awaits, a few hours from Toronto or Montreal.

  • Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site

    Tour the Sault Ste. Marie Canal with an informative Parks Canada guide and you’ll soon understand the vitally important role this innovative piece of engineering made to water transportation in Canada. 

Hours of operation

The navigation season runs from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving (mid-May to mid-October).
Complete schedule

Fees

Free lockage in 2017.
Other fees still apply.
Detailed fees list

Contact us

Telephone: 613-283-5170
Toll-free: 1-888-773-8888
Email: RideauCanal-info@pc.gc.ca