Rideau Canal

Rideau Canal

Experience the natural beauty of the Rideau Canal National Historic Site! Running through a series of lakes and rivers connected by canals, this waterway spans eastern Ontario from Kingston to Ottawa. Boating is the best way to visit the canal, but you can also drive the scenic roads along its route.


Boat Through the Heart of Ottawa

Located at the northern-most end of the Rideau Canal, you can see three sets of locks in Ottawa: Hogs Back, Hartwells and the Ottawa Locks. It's kinda neat to be able to boat through the middle of the city.

How much time will I need?

  • It depends on how much of the canal you want to see.

Do I need any special equipment or gear? What else should I bring?

  • You will need a boat if you want to tour the canal by boat. You can bring your own or rent one.

Is this activity free?

  • No, depending on how far along the waterway you want to travel there may be parking fees, lock fees and camping fees.

When's the best time to do this?

  • June to September.