Sleep beneath the stars and awaken to bird calls when you pitch your tent under the trees at one of the historic Rideau Canal lockstations, enjoying a classic Canadian backcountry setting with the facilities of a well-serviced camp site. Twenty-two lockstations – all except Ottawa Locks and Smith Falls Combined - offer camping to boaters, cyclists and hikers for a low fee (Boaters paying for overnight mooring camp for free). There are washrooms and drinking water, picnic tables and benches – outside the city limits, bring charcoal and fire up a barbecue to grill that fish you just caught! Some lockstations offer walking trails while others are near charming Victorian towns for exploring and stocking up on supplies – there’s even a lockstation alongside Carleton University. Each is unique and staff is happy to share the history and 19th century technology that has them hand-operating the locks much as they were during their first days in 1832.
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