Things to do
More than an historic waterway, the Rideau Canal is a route through nature with outdoor offerings from the calm reflections of a day’s fishing to adrenalin-pumping rock-climbing. Paddle a kayak for a day or along the canal’s length through hand-cranked locks. Or cruise in luxury. Cycle or walk waterside pathways in communities like Smiths Falls and Ottawa. Pitch a tent beside a lock or rent a lockstation to throw the party of a lifetime.
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.
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.
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.