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. The 24 lockstations are all accessible by road, bicycle, on foot, or by boat.

34 Beckwith Street South

Smiths Falls, Ontario


May – October (Thanksgiving)

Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

October – April

Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm – by appointment only

613-283-5170, 1-888-773-8888

In case of emergency after hours, please call 911.

Parks Canada

The Rideau Canal National Historic Site is owned and operated by Parks Canada. The Historic Canals Policy Objective is to foster appreciation, enjoyment and understanding of Canada’s historic canals by providing for navigation; by managing cultural and natural resources for purposes of protection and presentation; and by encouraging appropriate uses. Parks Canada has the responsibility to provide leadership and stewardship in protecting and presenting heritage areas of national significance. This means managing heritage areas under its jurisdiction to the highest standards and assisting and cooperating with others to protect and present other heritage areas of national significance.

All three levels of government – federal, provincial and municipal – have a role in protecting the heritage character of the Canal and ensuring optimum recreational use. The federal-provincial agreement to designate the Rideau as a Canadian Heritage River is a recent example of how the governments of Canada and Ontario and the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority and Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority worked together to protect the Canal environment.

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