Offering endless outdoor adventures, the Rideau Canal is a beautiful blend of bustling activity, nature, and history.

Accessible both by water and land, the historic waterway boasts 202km of engaging activities from cycling and walking the waterfront trails to cruising the canal in a boat; enjoying a leisurely paddle in a canoe or kayak or travelling through history via one (or many museums). No matter what you seek, the Rideau Canal will reinvigorate your love for nature, history, and new adventures.

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Nature Getaways

Whether strolling the scenic waterfront trails on foot or spending the day at one of the many conservation areas, the shores of the Rideau Canal offer an incredible array of nature getaways suitable for everyone.

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Paddling Paradise – flatwater fun in Ottawa

From May to October, Canada’s Capital is a water-lover’s d...

From May to October, Can...

Best Ways to Experience the Rideau Canal in Ottawa

When in Ottawa, a visit to the historic Rideau Canal is a must! This U...

When in Ottawa, a visit ...

eQuinelle

eQuinelle is Ottawa’s most awarded golf course, recognized for i...

eQuinelle is Ottawa̵...

Foley Mountain Conservation Area

Atop a granite ridge that overlooks Westport and the Upper Rideau wate...

Atop a granite ridge tha...

Festival of the Maples

Come to the Festival of the Maples to officially kick off the maple se...

Come to the Festival of ...

Brass Point Farm

Brass Point Farm makes elderberry and elderflower products for use in ...

Brass Point Farm makes e...

Cycling the Rideau

If your passion is peddling, go the distance and peddle the Rideau Can...

If your passion is peddl...

Cycling in Ottawa

If you come to Ottawa, make sure to bring your cycling game! Canada...

If you come to Ottawa, m...

Motorcycling

Rideau Canal Route If you like twisty turns than you’ll love the...

Rideau Canal Route If yo...

Camping

The Rideau Corridor offers plenty of opportunities for visitors to cam...

The Rideau Corridor offe...

Rideau Tours

Boating Tours Cruising on the water is a lovely tradition along the Ri...

Boating Tours Cruising o...

Perth Wildlife Reserve Conservation Area

Perth Wildlife Reserve Conservation Area is located on the Tay Marsh a...

Perth Wildlife Reserve C...

Wolfe Island

Wolfe Island is the largest of the Thousand Islands, and can be access...

Wolfe Island is the larg...

Le Boat

Cruise the Rideau Canal in style aboard a Le Boat rental! While travel...

Cruise the Rideau Canal ...

Rideau Trail

The Rideau Trail is a 387km network of hiking trails between Kingston ...

The Rideau Trail is a 38...

Hiking the Rideau

Trails With many all-season parks and conservation areas, the Rideau C...

Trails With many all-sea...

Evergreen Golf Course

Located just 5 minutes from Westport, Evergreen Golf Course is a conve...

Located just 5 minutes f...

Fishing

The Rideau Canal (and its surrounding lakes) offer some of the best fi...

The Rideau Canal (and it...

Baxter Conservation Area

Baxter Conservation Area is a stunning example of a river floodplain. ...

Baxter Conservation Area...

Kiwi Gardens

Kiwi Gardens is more than your average nursery! Take a break from your...

Kiwi Gardens is more tha...

Ottawa Events Calendar

To learn more about upcoming events in Ottawa, please click here....

To learn more about upco...

Locks

The Rideau Canal features 47 locks in 24 lockstations, which can be vi...

The Rideau Canal feature...

Rock Dunder Trail Passes

The hiking trails of the Rock Dunder Property, owned by the Rideau Wat...

The hiking trails of the...

Lemoine Point Conservation Area

Lemoine Point Conservation Area offers 136 scenic hectares of forest, ...

Lemoine Point Conservati...

Fort Henry National Historic Site

Experience 19th century military life at Fort Henry! Built in 1832 to ...

Experience 19th century ...

Lower Reach Park

Come play at one of Smiths Falls most popular parks near the Rideau Ca...

Come play at one of Smit...

Perth Outfitters

Visit Perth Outfitters for boat rentals and Perth’s only mini-go...

Visit Perth Outfitters f...

Water Activities

The Rideau Canal is an idyllic place to enjoy water activities such as...

The Rideau Canal is an i...

Murphys Point Provincial Park

Murphys Point Provincial Park sits on 1,239-hectares of land, and is h...

Murphys Point Provincial...

Maple Weekend

Kick off the season and join in on with fun with Lanark County’s...

Kick off the season and ...

Perth Boat Rentals

Perth Boat Rentals is family run and started in 2016. They can accommo...

Perth Boat Rentals is fa...

Canadian Tulip Festival

This annual world-famous festival centres around Ottawa’s love a...

This annual world-famous...

Mountain Orchards

In addition to apple picking, Mountain Orchards offers visitors a vari...

In addition to apple pic...

Hiking

Hiking the Rideau Corridor is a fun and healthy way to explore all tha...

Hiking the Rideau Corrid...

Tip to Tip Trail

Aptly named, the Tip to Tip trail allows hikers to traverse 4.5kms of ...

Aptly named, the Tip to ...

sports-outdoors

Sports & Outdoor Recreation

The Rideau Canal is the perfect backdrop for your next outdoor adventure. From calm waters suitable for an array of aquatic activities to beautiful shared recreation trails, visitors can enjoy boating, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, cycling, hiking, golfing, and more.

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Festival of the Maples

Come to the Festival of the Maples to officially kick off the maple se...

Come to the Festival of ...

Cataraqui Trail (South)

The Cataraqui Trail is a beautiful shared-use recreation trail welcomi...

The Cataraqui Trail is a...

Hiking

Hiking the Rideau Corridor is a fun and healthy way to explore all tha...

Hiking the Rideau Corrid...

Water Activities

The Rideau Canal is an idyllic place to enjoy water activities such as...

The Rideau Canal is an i...

Brass Point Farm

Brass Point Farm makes elderberry and elderflower products for use in ...

Brass Point Farm makes e...

Rideau Trail

The Rideau Trail is a 387km network of hiking trails between Kingston ...

The Rideau Trail is a 38...

Baxter Conservation Area

Baxter Conservation Area is a stunning example of a river floodplain. ...

Baxter Conservation Area...

Best Ways to Experience the Rideau Canal in Ottawa

When in Ottawa, a visit to the historic Rideau Canal is a must! This U...

When in Ottawa, a visit ...

Miller’s Bay Farm

Miller’s Bay Farm is a fourth generation family farm located jus...

Miller’s Bay Farm ...

Rock Dunder Trail Passes

The hiking trails of the Rock Dunder Property, owned by the Rideau Wat...

The hiking trails of the...

Rideau Canal Family-Friendly Bike Trail

Canada’s Capital is a cycling enthusiast’s dream destinati...

Canada’s Capital i...

Heritage Bikes & Rentals

Heritage Bikes is a local community bike shop located in Perth Ontario...

Heritage Bikes is a loca...

Perth Boat Rentals

Perth Boat Rentals is family run and started in 2016. They can accommo...

Perth Boat Rentals is fa...

Fishing

The Rideau Canal (and its surrounding lakes) offer some of the best fi...

The Rideau Canal (and it...

Hiking the Rideau

Trails With many all-season parks and conservation areas, the Rideau C...

Trails With many all-sea...

Sightseeing Cycle Route

Ottawa is a beautiful city that successfully blends urban vitality wit...

Ottawa is a beautiful ci...

Stewart Park Festival

3 days, endless possibilities. 3 day of music in the park. Pay admissi...

3 days, endless possibil...

Frost Fest

Seeley’s Bay Frost Fest is a fun way to celebrate the magic of w...

Seeley’s Bay Frost...

Marion Dunn Heritage Trail

Established in 2007, the Marion Dunn Heritage Trail provides a pleasan...

Established in 2007, the...

Celebrating The Season Christmas Lights Festival

Take a stroll or wagon ride around the park to see the trees and build...

Take a stroll or wagon r...

Camping

The Rideau Corridor offers plenty of opportunities for visitors to cam...

The Rideau Corridor offe...

Lemoine Point Conservation Area

Lemoine Point Conservation Area offers 136 scenic hectares of forest, ...

Lemoine Point Conservati...

Limerick Forest Interpretive Centre

Limerick Forest occupies 5,782 hectares of land in eastern Ontario, an...

Limerick Forest occupies...

Rideau Canal Skateway

A highlight of winter in Ottawa is the Rideau Canal Skateway. With a l...

A highlight of winter in...

Lower Reach Park

Come play at one of Smiths Falls most popular parks near the Rideau Ca...

Come play at one of Smit...

Perth Golf Course

Perth Golf Course is the oldest longest-running nine-hole course in Ca...

Perth Golf Course is the...

Perth Outfitters

Visit Perth Outfitters for boat rentals and Perth’s only mini-go...

Visit Perth Outfitters f...

Le Boat

Cruise the Rideau Canal in style aboard a Le Boat rental! While travel...

Cruise the Rideau Canal ...

Heritage Stables

Heritage Stables is located on Heritage Drive, a winding and scenic ro...

Heritage Stables is loca...

Outdoor Adventure Rentals

Outdoor Adventure Rentals a locally owned and operated power sport ren...

Outdoor Adventure Rental...

Motorcycling

Rideau Canal Route If you like twisty turns than you’ll love the...

Rideau Canal Route If yo...

Murphys Point Provincial Park

Murphys Point Provincial Park sits on 1,239-hectares of land, and is h...

Murphys Point Provincial...

Ottawa Events Calendar

To learn more about upcoming events in Ottawa, please click here....

To learn more about upco...

eQuinelle

eQuinelle is Ottawa’s most awarded golf course, recognized for i...

eQuinelle is Ottawa̵...

Maple Weekend

Kick off the season and join in on with fun with Lanark County’s...

Kick off the season and ...

Wolfe Island

Wolfe Island is the largest of the Thousand Islands, and can be access...

Wolfe Island is the larg...

Fort Henry National Historic Site

Experience 19th century military life at Fort Henry! Built in 1832 to ...

Experience 19th century ...

Perth Wildlife Reserve Conservation Area

Perth Wildlife Reserve Conservation Area is located on the Tay Marsh a...

Perth Wildlife Reserve C...

Perth Fair

The Perth and District Agricultural Society is a non-profit organizati...

The Perth and District A...

Cycling in Ottawa

If you come to Ottawa, make sure to bring your cycling game! Canada...

If you come to Ottawa, m...

Winterlude, the Capital’s winter celebration

A unique winter festival featuring snow and ice sculpture competitions...

A unique winter festival...

Foley Mountain Conservation Area

Atop a granite ridge that overlooks Westport and the Upper Rideau wate...

Atop a granite ridge tha...

Skate the Lake

Activities include: Ice Stock demo Youth curling Free kids skating ar...

Activities include: Ice...

Tip to Tip Trail

Aptly named, the Tip to Tip trail allows hikers to traverse 4.5kms of ...

Aptly named, the Tip to ...

Cycling the Rideau

If your passion is peddling, go the distance and peddle the Rideau Can...

If your passion is peddl...

Evergreen Golf Course

Located just 5 minutes from Westport, Evergreen Golf Course is a conve...

Located just 5 minutes f...

Paddling Paradise – flatwater fun in Ottawa

From May to October, Canada’s Capital is a water-lover’s d...

From May to October, Can...

Rideau Tours

Boating Tours Cruising on the water is a lovely tradition along the Ri...

Boating Tours Cruising o...

culture-heritage

Culture & Heritage

Spanning from Canada's vibrant and spirited national capital down to Kingston – the limestone city, the Rideau Canal offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich heritage and culture of the communities along the winding Canal. From exploring one of the 24 lock stations to visiting a blockhouse or nearby museum, we invite you to unearth the cultural jewels of the Rideau Canal.

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Canadian Tulip Festival

This annual world-famous festival centres around Ottawa’s love a...

This annual world-famous...

Perth Town Hall National Historic Site

Perth Town Hall National Historic Site of Canada is an elegant two-sto...

Perth Town Hall National...

Kemptville Live

Three-day Live music festival in July on the grounds of Kemptville Cam...

Three-day Live music fes...

Marion Dunn Heritage Trail

Established in 2007, the Marion Dunn Heritage Trail provides a pleasan...

Established in 2007, the...

Stewart Park Festival

3 days, endless possibilities. 3 day of music in the park. Pay admissi...

3 days, endless possibil...

Ottawa’s Vibrant Neighbourhoods

Ottawa is a compact city where you can enjoy lively urban experiences ...

Ottawa is a compact city...

Best Ways to Experience the Rideau Canal in Ottawa

When in Ottawa, a visit to the historic Rideau Canal is a must! This U...

When in Ottawa, a visit ...

Heritage House Museum

Sitting on the former dignified country estate of the Gleeson family, ...

Sitting on the former di...

Merrickville Canalfest

Merrickville Canalfest is fun for the whole family! Featuring live mus...

Merrickville Canalfest i...

Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario

Housed in the 1912 Canadian Northern Railway Station, the Railway Muse...

Housed in the 1912 Canad...

Studio Theatre

Recognized as one of the finest community theatres in Eastern Ontario,...

Recognized as one of the...

Veterans’ Memorial Park

Veterans’ Memorial Park is dedicated to all fallen soldiers from...

Veterans’ Memorial...

Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Located on the historic campus of Queen’s University, the Agnes ...

Located on the historic ...

Bellevue House National Historic Site

Step back in time to explore the one-time home of Canada’s first...

Step back in time to exp...

Millers Farm and Market

Family owned and operated since 1981, Millers Farm and Market features...

Family owned and operate...

Merrickville Blockhouse Museum

The Merrickville Blockhouse Museum was built by Col. By to protect the...

The Merrickville Blockho...

Kilborn’s on the Rideau

Kilborn’s offers visitors a unique shopping experience across th...

Kilborn’s offers v...

Fort Henry National Historic Site

Experience 19th century military life at Fort Henry! Built in 1832 to ...

Experience 19th century ...

Limestone City Blues Festival 2019

The Limestone City Blues Festival will once again bring downtown Kings...

The Limestone City Blues...

Classic Theatre Festival

The Classic Theatre Festival, the only professional company in the Ott...

The Classic Theatre Fest...

Kingston Penitentiary

A tour through the Kingston Penitentiary will provide a rare glimpse i...

A tour through the Kings...

Murney Tower

Built in 1846, Murney Tower National Historic Site is part of the defe...

Built in 1846, Murney To...

Ottawa’s Museums

Renowned cultural attractions enlighten Ottawa’s downtown core. ...

Renowned cultural attrac...

Rideau Tours

Boating Tours Cruising on the water is a lovely tradition along the Ri...

Boating Tours Cruising o...

Maple Weekend

Kick off the season and join in on with fun with Lanark County’s...

Kick off the season and ...

Ottawa Events Calendar

To learn more about upcoming events in Ottawa, please click here....

To learn more about upco...

Perth Museum

Travel back in time to the 1840s at the award-winning Perth Museum! Si...

Travel back in time to t...

Hiking the Rideau

Trails With many all-season parks and conservation areas, the Rideau C...

Trails With many all-sea...

Ireland’s Blueberries & Apples

Ireland’s Blueberries & Apples sells three highbush varietie...

Ireland’s Blueberr...

Canada Day in Ottawa

The biggest Canada Day party takes place in Ottawa each year on July 1...

The biggest Canada Day p...

Kingston Buskers Rendezvous

What started as a fun addition to Downtown Kingston’s July Sidew...

What started as a fun ad...

Parliament Hill Free Tours and Programming

Parliament Hill is one of Canada’s most iconic sites and a must-...

Parliament Hill is one o...

Murphys Point Provincial Park

Murphys Point Provincial Park sits on 1,239-hectares of land, and is h...

Murphys Point Provincial...

Perth Kilt Run

Join the run or join as a spectator, and watch as tartans creating a s...

Join the run or join as ...

Gingerbread Man

Since opening in 2001, the Gingerbread Man has become a community trea...

Since opening in 2001, t...

Andrewsville Bridge

Enhancing the beauty of the Rideau River and the heritage of its setti...

Enhancing the beauty of ...

Gray Art Glassblowing Studio

Established in 1985, Gray Art Glassblowing Studio creates beautiful, o...

Established in 1985, Gra...

Skate the Lake

Activities include: Ice Stock demo Youth curling Free kids skating ar...

Activities include: Ice...

The Mammoth Cheese

The Mammoth Cheese is a 22,000 pound cheese on display in the Tay Basi...

The Mammoth Cheese is a ...

Chaffey’s Lockstation

Chaffey’s Lockstation is built on a short, excavated channel. It...

Chaffey’s Lockstat...

tours

Tours

From boating through the picturesque inlets and scenic shorelines of the Rideau Lakes to exploring South Eastern Ontario’s rich countryside by car, the communities dotted throughout the Rideau Canal corridor offer a variety of tours to satisfy every taste.

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Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario

Housed in the 1912 Canadian Northern Railway Station, the Railway Muse...

Housed in the 1912 Canad...

Bellevue House National Historic Site

Step back in time to explore the one-time home of Canada’s first...

Step back in time to exp...

The Haunted Walk of Kingston

Send a chill down your spine during a haunted walk of Kingston! On the...

Send a chill down your s...

Mountain Orchards

In addition to apple picking, Mountain Orchards offers visitors a vari...

In addition to apple pic...

Perth Museum

Travel back in time to the 1840s at the award-winning Perth Museum! Si...

Travel back in time to t...

Miller’s Bay Farm

Miller’s Bay Farm is a fourth generation family farm located jus...

Miller’s Bay Farm ...

Murney Tower

Built in 1846, Murney Tower National Historic Site is part of the defe...

Built in 1846, Murney To...

Murphys Point Provincial Park

Murphys Point Provincial Park sits on 1,239-hectares of land, and is h...

Murphys Point Provincial...

Parliament Hill Free Tours and Programming

Parliament Hill is one of Canada’s most iconic sites and a must-...

Parliament Hill is one o...

Scheuermann Vineyard and Winery

At Scheuermann Vineyard and Winery, visitors are guaranteed a deliciou...

At Scheuermann Vineyard ...

4 Degrees Brewing Company

On tap in select restaurants across Ontario, 4 Degrees Brewing Company...

On tap in select restaur...

Fort Henry National Historic Site

Experience 19th century military life at Fort Henry! Built in 1832 to ...

Experience 19th century ...

Motorcycling

Rideau Canal Route If you like twisty turns than you’ll love the...

Rideau Canal Route If yo...

Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Located on the historic campus of Queen’s University, the Agnes ...

Located on the historic ...

Rideau Canal Family-Friendly Bike Trail

Canada’s Capital is a cycling enthusiast’s dream destinati...

Canada’s Capital i...

Sightseeing Cycle Route

Ottawa is a beautiful city that successfully blends urban vitality wit...

Ottawa is a beautiful ci...

Top Shelf Distillers

Located in an area rich in the production of liquor and punctuated by ...

Located in an area rich ...

Kingston Penitentiary

A tour through the Kingston Penitentiary will provide a rare glimpse i...

A tour through the Kings...

Rideau Tours

Boating Tours Cruising on the water is a lovely tradition along the Ri...

Boating Tours Cruising o...

Millers Farm and Market

Family owned and operated since 1981, Millers Farm and Market features...

Family owned and operate...

Ottawa’s Vibrant Neighbourhoods

Ottawa is a compact city where you can enjoy lively urban experiences ...

Ottawa is a compact city...

Heritage House Museum

Sitting on the former dignified country estate of the Gleeson family, ...

Sitting on the former di...

Kiwi Gardens

Kiwi Gardens is more than your average nursery! Take a break from your...

Kiwi Gardens is more tha...

Best Ways to Experience the Rideau Canal in Ottawa

When in Ottawa, a visit to the historic Rideau Canal is a must! This U...

When in Ottawa, a visit ...

Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises

When cruising with Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises, you can expect a ble...

When cruising with Kings...

Ottawa Events Calendar

To learn more about upcoming events in Ottawa, please click here....

To learn more about upco...

Perth Brewery

Perth Brewery is a family run microbrewery that takes pride in creatin...

Perth Brewery is a famil...

Cycling the Rideau

If your passion is peddling, go the distance and peddle the Rideau Can...

If your passion is peddl...

leisure-shopping

Leisure & Shopping

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon strolling through shopping districts and farmers' markets or catch an engaging performance at a local theatre. Discover why the Rideau Canal is synonymous with leisure and relaxation.

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Festival of the Maples

Come to the Festival of the Maples to officially kick off the maple se...

Come to the Festival of ...

Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Located on the historic campus of Queen’s University, the Agnes ...

Located on the historic ...

Frost Fest

Seeley’s Bay Frost Fest is a fun way to celebrate the magic of w...

Seeley’s Bay Frost...

Perth Brewery

Perth Brewery is a family run microbrewery that takes pride in creatin...

Perth Brewery is a famil...

RiverGuild

Riverguild is one of Canada’s oldest Artist Cooperatives. A loc...

Riverguild is one of Can...

Scheuermann Vineyard and Winery

At Scheuermann Vineyard and Winery, visitors are guaranteed a deliciou...

At Scheuermann Vineyard ...

Winterlude, the Capital’s winter celebration

A unique winter festival featuring snow and ice sculpture competitions...

A unique winter festival...

MUSIC Westport

From funk to pop, soul to rock, we’ve got a line up that’s...

From funk to pop, soul t...

Ottawa Events Calendar

To learn more about upcoming events in Ottawa, please click here....

To learn more about upco...

Wolfe Island

Wolfe Island is the largest of the Thousand Islands, and can be access...

Wolfe Island is the larg...

Shopping in Ottawa

From large Ottawa malls to exclusive Ottawa shops and boutiques, to un...

From large Ottawa malls ...

Hiking the Rideau

Trails With many all-season parks and conservation areas, the Rideau C...

Trails With many all-sea...

Gray Art Glassblowing Studio

Established in 1985, Gray Art Glassblowing Studio creates beautiful, o...

Established in 1985, Gra...

Brass Point Farm

Brass Point Farm makes elderberry and elderflower products for use in ...

Brass Point Farm makes e...

Parkside Spa

Ready to escape the everyday and drop your stress at the door? Welcome...

Ready to escape the ever...

Ottawa’s Vibrant Neighbourhoods

Ottawa is a compact city where you can enjoy lively urban experiences ...

Ottawa is a compact city...

Kiwi Gardens

Kiwi Gardens is more than your average nursery! Take a break from your...

Kiwi Gardens is more tha...

Gingerbread Man

Since opening in 2001, the Gingerbread Man has become a community trea...

Since opening in 2001, t...

Parliament Hill Free Tours and Programming

Parliament Hill is one of Canada’s most iconic sites and a must-...

Parliament Hill is one o...

Merrickville Canalfest

Merrickville Canalfest is fun for the whole family! Featuring live mus...

Merrickville Canalfest i...

Millers Farm and Market

Family owned and operated since 1981, Millers Farm and Market features...

Family owned and operate...

4 Degrees Brewing Company

On tap in select restaurants across Ontario, 4 Degrees Brewing Company...

On tap in select restaur...

Canadian Tulip Festival

This annual world-famous festival centres around Ottawa’s love a...

This annual world-famous...

Best Ways to Experience the Rideau Canal in Ottawa

When in Ottawa, a visit to the historic Rideau Canal is a must! This U...

When in Ottawa, a visit ...

Miller’s Bay Farm

Miller’s Bay Farm is a fourth generation family farm located jus...

Miller’s Bay Farm ...

Top Shelf Distillers

Located in an area rich in the production of liquor and punctuated by ...

Located in an area rich ...

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