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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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Perth Self-Guided Walking Tours

Sometimes, the best way to experience a town is through a guided tour....

Sometimes, the best way to experience a town is through a guided tour....

Sometimes, the best way to experience a town is through a gu...

Sometimes, the best way to experience a town is th...

Bellevue House National Historic Site

Step back in time to...

Step back in time to explore the one-time home of Canada’s first...

Step back in time to explore the one-time home of CanadaR...

Step back in time to explore the one-time home of ...

Rideau Canal Skateway

A highlight of winte...

A highlight of winter in Ottawa is the Rideau Canal Skateway. With a l...

A highlight of winter in Ottawa is the Rideau Canal Skateway...

A highlight of winter in Ottawa is the Rideau Cana...

Festival of the Maples

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 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...

Lombard Glen Golf Course

Lombard Glen is centrally located between Ottawa and Kingston, making ...

Lombard Glen is centrally located between Ottawa and Kingston, making ...

Lombard Glen is centrally located between Ottawa and Kingsto...

Lombard Glen is centrally located between Ottawa a...

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...

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...

Locks

The Rideau Canal features 47 locks in 24 lockstations, which can be vi...

The Rideau Canal features 47 locks in 24 lockstations, which can be vi...

The Rideau Canal features 47 locks in 24 lockstations, which...

The Rideau Canal features 47 locks in 24 lockstati...

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