When is the Rideau Canal open for boating?
The locks operate from mid-May to mid-October.Â See Parks Canada website for 2021 Hours and Services.
Can I rent a boat?
Yes, there are several options for boat rentals along the Rideau Canal. Please visit Rideau-Info website for a full listing.
Can I rent a canoe/kayak?
Yes, there are several options for renting both canoes and kayaks. Please visit Rideau-Info website for a full listing.
Can I swim in the Rideau Canal?
Yes, visitors can enjoy swimming in the Rideau Canal. There are several public beaches along the canal for you to enjoy.
Swimming is not allowed in the immediate vicinity of any lock as well in the Ottawa section of the canal between HogsÂ BackÂ and the Ottawa Locks.
Rideau Ferry Yacht Club Conservation Area on Lower RideauÂ LakeÂ claims to have the best beach on the Rideau. It features a sandy beach, picnic area, and boat launch, and other amenities like washrooms, a change house, a picnic shelter. Maintained by theÂ Rideau Valley Conservation AuthorityÂ this public beach, boat launch, and picnic area is a popular summer hang-out.Â Kendrickâs Park near Lyndhurst on Lower Beverley LakeÂ also boasts a superb spot for a family day in the sun near the Rideau system for a family day in the sun with lots of amenities, as doesÂ Westportâs Lions Club BeachÂ onÂ Sand Lake.