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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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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...

Perth Museum

Travel back in time ...

Travel back in time to the 1840s at the award-winning Perth Museum! Si...

Travel back in time to the 1840s at the award-winning Perth ...

Travel back in time to the 1840s at the award-winn...

Perth Brewery

Perth Brewery is a f...

Perth Brewery is a family run microbrewery that takes pride in creatin...

Perth Brewery is a family run microbrewery that takes pride ...

Perth Brewery is a family run microbrewery that ta...

Rideau Trail

The Rideau Trail is a 387km network of hiking trails between Kingston ...

The Rideau Trail is a 387km network of hiking trails between Kingston ...

The Rideau Trail is a 387km network of hiking trails between...

The Rideau Trail is a 387km network of hiking trai...

Merrickville Canalfest

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

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...

Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario

Housed in the 1912 C...

Housed in the 1912 Canadian Northern Railway Station, the Railway Muse...

Housed in the 1912 Canadian Northern Railway Station, the Ra...

Housed in the 1912 Canadian Northern Railway Stati...

Perth Fair

The Perth and Distri...

The Perth and District Agricultural Society is a non-profit organizati...

The Perth and District Agricultural Society is a non-profit ...

The Perth and District Agricultural Society is a n...

Perth Boat Rentals

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

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...

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