Safety and guidelines

Rideau Canal National Historic Site

Some Parks Canada places have begun a safe, gradual reopening of some outdoor areas and services, including camping. Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and be well-prepared for their visit. Details here.

We all have a role to play in maintaining safety on the Rideau Canal. Parks Canada takes responsible care managing foreseeable risks of harm while visitors and residents alike exercise care to protect themselves and others from danger.

In partnership with other organizations, whether you're travelling on a boat or simply out for a walk, we hope to inspire safe and enjoyable visits to the Rideau Canal's lockstations, rivers and lakes.

Please use the information on our website and join us in making the Rideau Canal fun for everyone.

Important bulletins

Important bulletins: Rideau Canal National Historic Site

Visitor guidelines

The Rideau Canal adheres to the Historic Canal Regulations which prohibit or restrict a number of activities.

Dams: How to stay safe

Getting too close to dams can be dangerous. Calm water can quickly, and without warning, become a surge of fast-moving water. This fast-moving water...


Persons requiring assistance with accessibility at any of our sites on the Rideau Canal may contact Parks Canada Operations Staff through or Tel : 613-283-5170 Tel (Toll-free in North America): 888-773-8888 to be accommodated.

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