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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 South

Adventure Awaits

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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...

Frost Fest

Seeley’s Bay F...

Seeley’s Bay Frost Fest is a fun way to celebrate the magic of w...

Seeley’s Bay Frost Fest is a fun way to celebrate the ...

Seeley’s Bay Frost Fest is a fun way to cele...

Celebrating The Season Christmas Lights Festival

Take a stroll or wag...

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...

Kiwi Gardens

Kiwi Gardens is more than your average nursery! Take a break from your...

Kiwi Gardens is more than your average nursery! Take a break from your...

Kiwi Gardens is more than your average nursery! Take a break...

Kiwi Gardens is more than your average nursery! Ta...

Ireland’s Blueberries & Apples

Ireland’s Blueberries & Apples sells three highbush varietie...

Ireland’s Blueberries & Apples sells three highbush varietie...

Ireland’s Blueberries & Apples sells three highbus...

Ireland’s Blueberries & Apples sells thr...

Studio Theatre

Recognized as one of...

Recognized as one of the finest community theatres in Eastern Ontario,...

Recognized as one of the finest community theatres in Easter...

Recognized as one of the finest community theatres...

Best Ways to Experience the Rideau Canal in Ottawa

When in Ottawa, a vi...

When in Ottawa, a visit to the historic Rideau Canal is a must! This U...

When in Ottawa, a visit to the historic Rideau Canal is a mu...

When in Ottawa, a visit to the historic Rideau Can...

Shopping in Ottawa

From large Ottawa malls to exclusive Ottawa shops and boutiques, to un...

From large Ottawa malls to exclusive Ottawa shops and boutiques, to un...

From large Ottawa malls to exclusive Ottawa shops and boutiq...

From large Ottawa malls to exclusive Ottawa shops ...

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