Visitors travelling by boat:
Boaters should consult up-to-date Nautical Charts (#1512 & #1513). Charts can be purchased at most lockstations or online. Boaters should also check the Notice for Mariners (NOTMAR) website.
Drivers, cyclists and hikers:
Road travelers should consult provincial road maps and/or trusted online map sources.
More information about navigating the Rideau Canal
Hours of operation:
Parks Canada’s navigation season runs annually from mid-May to mid-October. During seasonal hours of operation, friendly lock staff will be on-hand to provide lockage and mooring services to boaters, and check-in any overnight visitors. Washroom facilities and limited parking will also be available to the public during these hours.
Parks Canada Hours of Operation.
Fees and Permits:
There is no entrance fee when visiting a lockstation on the Rideau Canal. This includes access to washroom facilities and surrounding parklands for picnics and sightseeing.
Parks Canada does collect fees from boaters and paddlers seeking lockage and mooring services, as well for various overnight camping and accommodations options.
Revenues are used to support visitor services and facilities. This means that every time you travel the Rideau Canal, you are investing in its future – and in a legacy for future generations.