Why we love the Rideau

It’s a treasured part of our national heritage and a world-class destination for travelers. It was built for conflict, but flourished through hospitality. People today come from far and wide to visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site and experience its completely unique blend of nature, history and outdoor fun.

The Rideau Canal National Historic Site is a 202km water route that connects Canada’s vibrant national capital in Ottawa, with Kingston and Lake Ontario to the south. Travel the canal by boat, canoe or kayak and experience the historic lock system operated by Parks Canada. You can also drive or cycle to many of the great destinations along its length.

Fun can be found during every season. In the warmer months its: cycling and walking the waterfront trails, cruising the canal with your family, or paddling to the next great fishing spot. When the locks are closed, we’re into: ice skating, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. Local businesses and overnight stays make it easy to plan a trip, plus friendly communities are always waiting to welcome you.

Discover incredible beauty at every turn, coupled with unique community experiences, all rooted in history! The Rideau Canal is one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century, an enduring destination, and an iconic place to plan a vacation.

The Rideau at a glance

(Please note: this map is for reference purposes only and should not be used for navigation)