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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, Kars, Kemptville, Burritts Rapids, Merrickville, and Andrewsville, 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 Smiths Falls, Perth, Rideau Ferry, Kilmarnock, and Portland – 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 Westport, Newboro, Chaffey's, 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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Parliament Hill Free Tours and Programming

Parliament Hill is one of Canada’s most iconic sites and a must-...

Parliament Hill is one of Canada’s most iconic sites and a must-...

Parliament Hill is one of Canada’s most iconic sites a...

Parliament Hill is one of Canada’s most icon...

Gingerbread Man

Since opening in 200...

Since opening in 2001, the Gingerbread Man has become a community trea...

Since opening in 2001, the Gingerbread Man has become a comm...

Since opening in 2001, the Gingerbread Man has bec...

Foley Mountain Conservation Area

Atop a granite ridge...

Atop a granite ridge that overlooks Westport and the Upper Rideau wate...

Atop a granite ridge that overlooks Westport and the Upper R...

Atop a granite ridge that overlooks Westport and t...

Heritage House Museum

Sitting on the former dignified country estate of the Gleeson family, ...

Sitting on the former dignified country estate of the Gleeson family, ...

Sitting on the former dignified country estate of the Gleeso...

Sitting on the former dignified country estate of ...

Andrewsville Bridge

Enhancing the beauty of the Rideau River and the heritage of its setti...

Enhancing the beauty of the Rideau River and the heritage of its setti...

Enhancing the beauty of the Rideau River and the heritage of...

Enhancing the beauty of the Rideau River and the h...

eQuinelle

eQuinelle is Ottawa&...

eQuinelle is Ottawa’s most awarded golf course, recognized for i...

eQuinelle is Ottawa’s most awarded golf course, recogn...

eQuinelle is Ottawa’s most awarded golf cour...

Tip to Tip Trail

Aptly named, the Tip...

Aptly named, the Tip to Tip trail allows hikers to traverse 4.5kms of ...

Aptly named, the Tip to Tip trail allows hikers to traverse ...

Aptly named, the Tip to Tip trail allows hikers to...

Fishing

The Rideau Canal (and its surrounding lakes) offer some of the best fi...

The Rideau Canal (and its surrounding lakes) offer some of the best fi...

The Rideau Canal (and its surrounding lakes) offer some of t...

The Rideau Canal (and its surrounding lakes) offer...

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