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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.
Browse the regions calendar of events below
Ottawa Events Calendar
Find out what’s happening in Ottawa, Canada’s capital.
Kingston Events Calendar
Kingston, a hub where makers, culinary enthusiasts and musicians bring a vibrant, modern culture to this historic Canadian city.
Perth Events Calendar
Night markets, music and more. Find out what’s happening in Perth, Ontario.
Smiths Falls Events Calendar
Find out what’s happening in Smiths Falls, Ontario.
Westport Events Calendar
Discover events and live music in the Village of Westport.
Kemptville Events Calendar
Explore events for Kemptville and the surrounding areas in North Grenville.
Manotick Events Calendar
Discover unique businesses, festivals, and special village events in Manotick.
Merrickville Events Calendar
Arts, shopping and street events are aplenty in ‘the Jewel of the Rideau’. Find things to do in Merrickville, Ontario.
Rideau Lakes Event Calendar
Find events happening in the many villages of Rideau Lakes.
Leeds and the Thousand Islands Events Calendar
Find out what’s happening in Seeley’s Bay & Lyndhurst.