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Rideau Canal

Spanning from 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, 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, Kars, Kemptville, Burritts Rapids, Merrickville, and Andrewsville, 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 Smiths Falls, Perth, Rideau Ferry, Kilmarnock, and Portland – 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 Westport, Newboro, Chaffey's, 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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Baxter Conservation Area

Baxter Conservation Area is a stunning example of a river floodplain. ...

Baxter Conservation Area is a stunning example of a river floodplain. ...

Baxter Conservation Area is a stunning example of a river fl...

Baxter Conservation Area is a stunning example of ...

Merrickville Canalfest

Merrickville Canalfe...

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...

Kingston Penitentiary

A tour through the K...

A tour through the Kingston Penitentiary will provide a rare glimpse i...

A tour through the Kingston Penitentiary will provide a rare...

A tour through the Kingston Penitentiary will prov...

Frost Fest

Seeley’s Bay Frost Fest is a fun way to celebrate the magic of w...

Seeley’s Bay Frost Fest is a fun way to celebrate the magic of w...

Seeley’s Bay Frost Fest is a fun way to celebrate the ...

Seeley’s Bay Frost Fest is a fun way to cele...

Ireland’s Blueberries & Apples

Ireland’s Blueberries & Apples sells three highbush varietie...

Ireland’s Blueberries & Apples sells three highbush varietie...

Ireland’s Blueberries & Apples sells three highbus...

Ireland’s Blueberries & Apples sells thr...

Canadian Tulip Festival

This annual world-fa...

This annual world-famous festival centres around Ottawa’s love a...

This annual world-famous festival centres around Ottawa̵...

This annual world-famous festival centres around O...

Locks

The Rideau Canal fea...

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...

Lemoine Point Conservation Area

Lemoine Point Conservation Area offers 136 scenic hectares of forest, ...

Lemoine Point Conservation Area offers 136 scenic hectares of forest, ...

Lemoine Point Conservation Area offers 136 scenic hectares o...

Lemoine Point Conservation Area offers 136 scenic ...

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