Rideau Canal National Historic Site

The Rideau Canal is North America’s best-preserved “slackwater” canal, and the only one from the great 19th century canal-building era that still operates along its original route with most of its original structures intact. Today, Parks Canada welcomes visitors to this UNESCO World Heritage Site to experience travel along an iconic route. Pleasure boaters and paddlers fill the locks, while other visitors come by land to marvel at the historic locks in action.

Please note: Parks Canada is not responsible for operating the Rideau Canal Skateway. For any questions related to the Skateway, please visit the National Capital Commission website or telephone 613-239-5234

Features

A historic home with a wraparound porch on a sunny day with a lock mechanism visible in the foreground

Historic accommodations

Stay the night alongside the canal in a fully restored lockmaster’s house

Three young women paddle in their canoe

Paddling on the Rideau Canal

Lakes, marshes, rivers and locks are all part of the trip

A boat mooring at a lockstation

Overnight mooring

Join your fellow boaters for a quiet night at the historic site

Visiting the Rideau Canal National Historic Site

Activities and experiences

Boating, paddling, overnight mooring, walking trails, licensed local operators

Plan your visit

How to get here, maps, hours of operation, passes and permits, fees

Camping and accommodations

Camping at lockstations, historic accommodations, reserve an oTENTik

Planning to visit during COVID-19?

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Contact us

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

Hours of operation

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

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