The Canal Today
Now recognized as a cultural jewel, the Rideau Canal holds multiple accolades.
Known as one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century and celebrated as the best-preserved slack water canal system in the country, the Canal was declared a National Historic Site by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. Additionally, the Canal has been designated as Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site and a “work of creative genius” in 2007.
“The Canal has been designated as Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site and a “work of creative genius” in 2007.”
Today the magnificent Rideau Canal attracts thousands of visitors every year. Everything from the beautiful lakes to the intricate locks relates to a significant part of Canadian heritage. A sprawling 202km in length with 24 unique lockstations, the Canal is home to countless attractions and experiences including heritage museums located at the Ottawa, Merrickville, Smiths Falls, Chaffey’s, Westport, Jones Falls, and Kingston lock stations. Be sure not to bypass the Merrickville Blockhouse National Historic Site – the largest and most impressive of four blockhouses built along the Canal for defence. Here you’ll be able to take a step back in time and explore the rich heritage of the “Rideau Corridor”.