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Rideau Canal

Spanning from Ottawa - Canada’s vibrant and spirited national capital, to Kingston – the limestone city, the Rideau Canal is a delightful blend of old and new, reinvigorating explorers' love for nature, history, and new adventures.

Fun Facts

202 km long

Built in 1832

24 Lockstations

Rideau Canal

Rideau Canal North

Flowing from the Ottawa River in Ottawa, the Rideau Canal is a shining north star amidst our nation's bustling capital city. Winding through vibrant Ottawa to the welcoming communities and villages of Manotick and Kars, Rideau Canal North offers the perfect balance of cultural experiences and nature getaways.

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Rideau Canal Central

Made up of a collection of lakes, rivers, and canal cuts, Rideau Canal Central encompasses the historic beauty and vibrant communities of Kemptville, Burritts Rapids, Andrewsville, Merrickville, Kilmarnock, Smiths Falls, Perth, and Rideau Ferry – just to name a few.

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Rideau Canal South

Another assemblage of winding rivers and lakes, Rideau Canal South is comprised of the communities and villages of Portland, Westport, Newboro, Chaffey's Lock, Seeley's Bay, and more. At the southernmost point of the Rideau Canal sits the country's first national capital, Kingston – a place otherwise known as the limestone city and celebrated for its history and culture.

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Rideau Canal North
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Rideau Canal Central
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Rideau Canal South

Adventure Awaits

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Le Boat

Cruise the Rideau Canal in style aboard a Le Boat rental! While travel...

Cruise the Rideau Canal in style aboard a Le Boat rental! While travel...

Cruise the Rideau Canal in style aboard a Le Boat rental! Wh...

Cruise the Rideau Canal in style aboard a Le Boat ...

Cycling in Ottawa

If you come to Ottaw...

If you come to Ottawa, make sure to bring your cycling game! Canada...

If you come to Ottawa, make sure to bring your cycling game!...

If you come to Ottawa, make sure to bring your cyc...

RiverGuild

Riverguild is one of...

Riverguild is one of Canada’s oldest Artist Cooperatives. A loc...

Riverguild is one of Canada’s oldest Artist Cooperativ...

Riverguild is one of Canada’s oldest Artist ...

Veterans’ Memorial Park

Veterans’ Memorial Park is dedicated to all fallen soldiers from...

Veterans’ Memorial Park is dedicated to all fallen soldiers from...

Veterans’ Memorial Park is dedicated to all fallen sol...

Veterans’ Memorial Park is dedicated to all ...

Motorcycling

Rideau Canal Route If you like twisty turns than you’ll love the...

Rideau Canal Route If you like twisty turns than you’ll love the...

Rideau Canal Route If you like twisty turns than you’l...

Rideau Canal Route If you like twisty turns than y...

Festival of the Maples

Come to the Festival...

Come to the Festival of the Maples to officially kick off the maple se...

Come to the Festival of the Maples to officially kick off th...

Come to the Festival of the Maples to officially k...

The Smiths Falls Station Theatre

Housed in the former...

Housed in the former CPR Railway Station, The Station Theatre opened i...

Housed in the former CPR Railway Station, The Station Theatr...

Housed in the former CPR Railway Station, The Stat...

Celebrating The Season Christmas Lights Festival

Take a stroll or wagon ride around the park to see the trees and build...

Take a stroll or wagon ride around the park to see the trees and build...

Take a stroll or wagon ride around the park to see the trees...

Take a stroll or wagon ride around the park to see...

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