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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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Adventure Awaits

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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...

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...

Perth Ribfest

Come for the ribs, s...

Come for the ribs, stay for the music! Visit Last Duel Park for the a...

Come for the ribs, stay for the music! Visit Last Duel Park...

Come for the ribs, stay for the music! Visit Last...

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...

Foley Mountain Conservation Area

Atop a granite ridge that overlooks Westport and the Upper Rideau wate...

Atop a granite ridge that overlooks Westport and the Upper Rideau wate...

Atop a granite ridge that overlooks Westport and the Upper R...

Atop a granite ridge that overlooks Westport and t...

Tip to Tip Trail

Aptly named, the Tip...

Aptly named, the Tip to Tip trail allows hikers to traverse 4.5kms of ...

Aptly named, the Tip to Tip trail allows hikers to traverse ...

Aptly named, the Tip to Tip trail allows hikers to...

Rock Dunder Trail Passes

The hiking trails of...

The hiking trails of the Rock Dunder Property, owned by the Rideau Wat...

The hiking trails of the Rock Dunder Property, owned by the ...

The hiking trails of the Rock Dunder Property, own...

Murphys Point Provincial Park

Murphys Point Provincial Park sits on 1,239-hectares of land, and is h...

Murphys Point Provincial Park sits on 1,239-hectares of land, and is h...

Murphys Point Provincial Park sits on 1,239-hectares of land...

Murphys Point Provincial Park sits on 1,239-hectar...

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