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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Brass Point Farm

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

Brass Point Farm makes e...

Murphys Point Provincial Park

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

Murphys Point Provincial...

Baxter Conservation Area

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

Baxter Conservation Area...

Wolfe Island

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

Wolfe Island is the larg...

Camping

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

The Rideau Corridor offe...

Ottawa Events Calendar

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

To learn more about upco...

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 ...

Hiking

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

Hiking the Rideau Corrid...

Lower Reach Park

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

Come play at one of Smit...

eQuinelle

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

eQuinelle is Ottawa̵...

Le Boat

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

Cruise the Rideau Canal ...

Evergreen Golf Course

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

Located just 5 minutes f...

Locks

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

The Rideau Canal feature...

Foley Mountain Conservation Area

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

Atop a granite ridge tha...

Fort Henry National Historic Site

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

Experience 19th century ...

Cycling in Ottawa

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

If you come to Ottawa, m...

Fishing

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

The Rideau Canal (and it...

Rideau Trail

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

The Rideau Trail is a 38...

Tip to Tip Trail

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

Aptly named, the Tip to ...

Canadian Tulip Festival

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

This annual world-famous...

Lemoine Point Conservation Area

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

Lemoine Point Conservati...

Kiwi Gardens

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

Kiwi Gardens is more tha...

Mountain Orchards

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

In addition to apple pic...

Paddling Paradise – flatwater fun in Ottawa

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

From May to October, Can...

Water Activities

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

The Rideau Canal is an i...

Cycling/Motorcycling Tours

What better way to explore Kingston (and the surrounding area’s)...

What better way to explo...

Perth Wildlife Reserve Conservation Area

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

Perth Wildlife Reserve C...

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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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 ...

Perth Wildlife Reserve Conservation Area

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

Perth Wildlife Reserve C...

Ottawa Events Calendar

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

To learn more about upco...

Evergreen Golf Course

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

Located just 5 minutes f...

Limerick Forest Interpretive Centre

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

Limerick Forest occupies...

eQuinelle

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

eQuinelle is Ottawa̵...

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...

Cycling/Motorcycling Tours

What better way to explore Kingston (and the surrounding area’s)...

What better way to explo...

Le Boat

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

Cruise the Rideau Canal ...

Tip to Tip Trail

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

Aptly named, the Tip to ...

Rideau Tours

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

Boating Tours Cruising o...

Brass Point Farm

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

Brass Point Farm makes e...

Fishing

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

The Rideau Canal (and it...

Paddling Paradise – flatwater fun in Ottawa

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

From May to October, Can...

Water Activities

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

The Rideau Canal is an i...

Wolfe Island

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

Wolfe Island is the larg...

Frost Fest

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

Seeley’s Bay Frost...

Sightseeing Cycle Route

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

Ottawa is a beautiful ci...

Hiking

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

Hiking the Rideau Corrid...

Skate the Lake

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

Activities include: Ice...

Rideau Trail

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

The Rideau Trail is a 38...

Lemoine Point Conservation Area

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

Lemoine Point Conservati...

Marion Dunn Heritage Trail

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

Established in 2007, the...

Rideau Canal Skateway

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

A highlight of winter in...

Cycling in Ottawa

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

If you come to Ottawa, m...

Rideau Canal Family-Friendly Bike Trail

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

Canada’s Capital i...

Camping

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

The Rideau Corridor offe...

Miller’s Bay Farm

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

Miller’s Bay Farm ...

Heritage Stables

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

Heritage Stables is loca...

Murphys Point Provincial Park

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

Murphys Point Provincial...

Foley Mountain Conservation Area

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

Atop a granite ridge tha...

Baxter Conservation Area

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

Baxter Conservation Area...

Cataraqui Trail (South)

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

The Cataraqui Trail is a...

Winterlude, the Capital’s winter celebration

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

A unique winter festival...

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...

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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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...

Chaffey’s Lockstation

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

Chaffey’s Lockstat...

Murphys Point Provincial Park

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

Murphys Point Provincial...

Kilborn’s on the Rideau

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

Kilborn’s offers v...

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 ...

Marion Dunn Heritage Trail

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

Established in 2007, the...

Ottawa’s Vibrant Neighbourhoods

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

Ottawa is a compact city...

Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario

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

Housed in the 1912 Canad...

Perth Town Hall National Historic Site

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

Perth Town Hall National...

Maple Weekend

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

Kick off the season and ...

Kemptville Live

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

Three-day Live music fes...

Heritage House Museum

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

Sitting on the former di...

Canada Day in Ottawa

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

The biggest Canada Day p...

Rideau Tours

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

Boating Tours Cruising o...

Canadian Tulip Festival

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

This annual world-famous...

Ottawa Events Calendar

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

To learn more about upco...

Fort Henry National Historic Site

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

Experience 19th century ...

Merrickville Canalfest

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

Merrickville Canalfest i...

Veterans’ Memorial Park

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

Veterans’ Memorial...

Ottawa’s Museums

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

Renowned cultural attrac...

Andrewsville Bridge

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

Enhancing the beauty of ...

Limestone City Blues Festival 2019

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

The Limestone City Blues...

Kingston Buskers Rendezvous

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

What started as a fun ad...

Kingston Penitentiary

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

A tour through the Kings...

Gingerbread Man

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

Since opening in 2001, t...

Studio Theatre

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

Recognized as one of the...

Agnes Etherington Art Centre

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

Located on the historic ...

Gray Art Glassblowing Studio

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

Established in 1985, Gra...

Parliament Hill Free Tours and Programming

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

Parliament Hill is one o...

The Mammoth Cheese

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

The Mammoth Cheese is a ...

Perth Museum

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

Travel back in time to t...

Ireland’s Blueberries & Apples

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

Ireland’s Blueberr...

Murney Tower

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

Built in 1846, Murney To...

Merrickville Blockhouse Museum

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

The Merrickville Blockho...

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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Parliament Hill Free Tours and Programming

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

Parliament Hill is one o...

Perth Museum

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

Travel back in time to t...

Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario

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

Housed in the 1912 Canad...

Agnes Etherington Art Centre

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

Located on the historic ...

Rideau Tours

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

Boating Tours Cruising o...

Perth Brewery

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

Perth Brewery is a famil...

Murphys Point Provincial Park

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

Murphys Point Provincial...

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...

Miller’s Bay Farm

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

Miller’s Bay Farm ...

Kiwi Gardens

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

Kiwi Gardens is more tha...

Mountain Orchards

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

In addition to apple pic...

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 ...

Rideau Canal Family-Friendly Bike Trail

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

Canada’s Capital i...

Scheuermann Vineyard and Winery

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

At Scheuermann Vineyard ...

Kingston Penitentiary

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

A tour through the Kings...

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...

Heritage House Museum

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

Sitting on the former di...

Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises

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

When cruising with Kings...

Murney Tower

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

Built in 1846, Murney To...

Top Shelf Distillers

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

Located in an area rich ...

Fort Henry National Historic Site

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

Experience 19th century ...

Sightseeing Cycle Route

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

Ottawa is a beautiful ci...

Ottawa Events Calendar

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

To learn more about upco...

4 Degrees Brewing Company

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

On tap in select restaur...

Ottawa’s Vibrant Neighbourhoods

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

Ottawa is a compact city...

Cycling/Motorcycling Tours

What better way to explore Kingston (and the surrounding area’s)...

What better way to explo...

Millers Farm and Market

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

Family owned and operate...

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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Perth Brewery

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

Perth Brewery is a famil...

Top Shelf Distillers

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

Located in an area rich ...

Winterlude, the Capital’s winter celebration

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

A unique winter festival...

Millers Farm and Market

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

Family owned and operate...

Brass Point Farm

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

Brass Point Farm makes e...

Agnes Etherington Art Centre

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

Located on the historic ...

Ottawa’s Vibrant Neighbourhoods

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

Ottawa is a compact city...

Canadian Tulip Festival

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

This annual world-famous...

MUSIC Westport

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

From funk to pop, soul t...

Merrickville Canalfest

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

Merrickville Canalfest i...

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...

4 Degrees Brewing Company

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

On tap in select restaur...

Wolfe Island

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

Wolfe Island is the larg...

Miller’s Bay Farm

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

Miller’s Bay Farm ...

Gray Art Glassblowing Studio

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

Established in 1985, Gra...

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 ...

Frost Fest

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

Seeley’s Bay Frost...

Ottawa Events Calendar

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

To learn more about upco...

Scheuermann Vineyard and Winery

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

At Scheuermann Vineyard ...

Shopping in Ottawa

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

From large Ottawa malls ...

Kiwi Gardens

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

Kiwi Gardens is more tha...

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