2023 hours of operation

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.

Station opening and closing times, as well as first and last lockage, are not guaranteed and may be affected by water management duties, maintenance activities or other types of navigation interruptions.

Lockstation hours

Date: May 19 – June 18

Monday to Thursday

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Friday to Sunday
and Victoria Day (May 22)

9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Date: June 19 – September 4

Monday to Thursday

9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Friday to Sunday
and Canada Day (July 1), Civic Holiday (Aug. 7), Labour Day (Sept. 4)

9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Date: September 5 – October 9

Monday to Friday

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Saturday to Sunday
and Thanksgiving (Oct. 9)

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Last Lockage

Follow these guidelines to maximize chances of being locked through at the end of the day:

  • At lockstations with one lock, boaters must arrive at the designated blue line 30 minutes before closing
  • At lockstations with more than one lock, 30 minutes per lock chamber is required (example: three locks = arrive 90 minutes before closing)
  • At swing bridges (including Brass Point Bridge) boaters must arrive 20 minutes before closing

More information

  • Access to lockstations is prohibited between 10:00 pm and 6:00 am
  • Lockstations are not staffed after-hours
  • For emergencies after-hours, please call 911 for police, fire, ambulance


Parks Canada

Contact us

Phone number: 613-283-5170
Toll Free: 1-888-773-8888

Hours (year-round)

Date: Monday to Friday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm (by appointment)


Location: 34 Beckwith Street South
Smiths Falls, ON K7A 2A8

Pretoria and Hog’s Back bridges

Pretoria and Hog’s Back bridges will not operate Monday to Friday (except on statutory holidays) from 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm and 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm.

Abbott Street Swing Bridge (Smiths Falls Detached Lock)

At Smiths Falls Detached Lock, the bridge will operate upon arrival throughout the navigation season.

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