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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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Foley Mountain Conservation Area

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

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...

Perth Kilt Run

Join the run or join...

Join the run or join as a spectator, and watch as tartans creating a s...

Join the run or join as a spectator, and watch as tartans cr...

Join the run or join as a spectator, and watch as ...

Perth Boat Rentals

Perth Boat Rentals i...

Perth Boat Rentals is family run and started in 2016. They can accommo...

Perth Boat Rentals is family run and started in 2016. They c...

Perth Boat Rentals is family run and started in 20...

Kingston Buskers Rendezvous

What started as a fun addition to Downtown Kingston’s July Sidew...

What started as a fun addition to Downtown Kingston’s July Sidew...

What started as a fun addition to Downtown Kingston’s ...

What started as a fun addition to Downtown Kingsto...

Kilborn’s on the Rideau

Kilborn’s offers visitors a unique shopping experience across th...

Kilborn’s offers visitors a unique shopping experience across th...

Kilborn’s offers visitors a unique shopping experience...

Kilborn’s offers visitors a unique shopping ...

Maple Weekend

Kick off the season ...

Kick off the season and join in on with fun with Lanark County’s...

Kick off the season and join in on with fun with Lanark Coun...

Kick off the season and join in on with fun with L...

Merrickville Canalfest

Merrickville Canalfe...

Merrickville Canalfest is fun for the whole family! Featuring live mus...

Merrickville Canalfest is fun for the whole family! Featurin...

Merrickville Canalfest is fun for the whole family...

Cataraqui Trail (South)

The Cataraqui Trail is a beautiful shared-use recreation trail welcomi...

The Cataraqui Trail is a beautiful shared-use recreation trail welcomi...

The Cataraqui Trail is a beautiful shared-use recreation tra...

The Cataraqui Trail is a beautiful shared-use recr...

Travel Tips

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