Looking for a great place to stay during your visit to the Rideau Canal? Many wonderful overnight options exist for you to choose from between Kingston and Ottawa. Campgrounds, cottages and hotels can be found in urban areas along the Rideau, while Parks Canada offers tenting at most locksations and short-term vacation rentals at select sites. Relax and unwind, or immerse yourself in the life of a lockmaster, whatever your style there’s a great overnight stay waiting to welcome you.
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Parks Canada places
oTENTik @ Upper Nicholsons
101-167 Andrewsville Rd, Merrickville, ON
Upper Nicholsons is a calm, peaceful lockstation located on a cutaway that was specifically designed to bypass a beautiful set of rapids on the adjacent Rideau River. There are two oTENTik sites near to each other in a private clearing amongst the trees, giving you a sunny and private place to picnic and play.
oTENTik @ Beveridges
171 Beveridges Lock Road, North Elmsley, ON
Upper Beveridges is a secluded camp tucked into the treeline adjacent to the canal, where the Rideau meets the Tay. With four oTENTik sites to choose from, each one equipped with its own outdoor cooking shelter and campfire area, this is a great spot to bring your family or a group of friends for the weekend.
oTENTik @ Upper Brewers
3000 Brewers Mills Road, Kingston, ON
Upper Brewers has two oTENTik sites situated on a gorgeous peninsula. This spacious lockstation not far from Kingston’s city centre is the perfect spot to plan a weekend family getaway. Let the kids run around the sprawling lawns or a walk along the banks of the canal.
Lockmaster's House @Davis
1822 Davis Lock Rd, Elgin, ON
The Lockmaster’s House at Davis is a beautiful private home that sits atop a hill above the lockstation, surrounded by trees and water. Inside you will find a blend of old and new, with thoughtful modern spaces built in harmony with the existing frame of the original house.
Canalman's Cottage @Newboro
1 Block House Lane, Newboro, ON
The Canalman’s Cottage is a beautiful and quiet retreat steeped in history. This is the original canalman’s house relocated from the southern side of the Newboro lockstation in 1941. Subsequent renovations have enlarged the space and modernized the interior to include comfortable furnishings and exceptional interior decor.
Lockmaster's House @Beveridges
155 Beveridges Lock Rd, North Elmsley, ON
Situated at the gateway to the Tay Canal, the Lockmaster’s House is your chance to experience an overnight vacation like no other. Here you are surrounded by sprawling green lawns and forest, adjacent a bustling boating and paddling corridor that brings friendly visitors and fellow travelers through the locks every day.
Staying at lockstations:
Tent camping is allowed at most lockstations on the Rideau Canal at the discretion of the lockmaster on duty. Sites are typically located in grassy areas around the lockstation and adjacent the canal’s mooring areas and/or paddle docks. The lockmaster will direct you to an area where you can set up your tent.
More information about camping at lockstations
Save money with a low-cost overnight stay on your boat. Be the first to lock through in the morning, or simply set up at your favourite spot for a few days. Overnight mooring fees apply.
More information about overnight mooring
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