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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 South

Adventure Awaits

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Chaffey’s Lockstation

Chaffey’s Lockstation is built on a short, excavated channel. It...

Chaffey’s Lockstation is built on a short, excavated channel. It...

Chaffey’s Lockstation is built on a short, excavated c...

Chaffey’s Lockstation is built on a short, e...

Ottawa’s Vibrant Neighbourhoods

Ottawa is a compact ...

Ottawa is a compact city where you can enjoy lively urban experiences ...

Ottawa is a compact city where you can enjoy lively urban ex...

Ottawa is a compact city where you can enjoy livel...

Merrickville Blockhouse Museum

The Merrickville Blo...

The Merrickville Blockhouse Museum was built by Col. By to protect the...

The Merrickville Blockhouse Museum was built by Col. By to p...

The Merrickville Blockhouse Museum was built by Co...

Maple Weekend

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 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...

MUSIC Westport

From funk to pop, soul to rock, we’ve got a line up that’s...

From funk to pop, soul to rock, we’ve got a line up that’s...

From funk to pop, soul to rock, we’ve got a line up th...

From funk to pop, soul to rock, we’ve got a ...

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...

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...

Skate the Lake

Activities include: Ice Stock demo Youth curling Free kids skating ar...

Activities include: Ice Stock demo Youth curling Free kids skating ar...

Activities include: Ice Stock demo Youth curling Free kids ...

Activities include: Ice Stock demo Youth curling ...

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