The Rideau Canal's Management Plan was last updated in 2005. Since then, some changes to the planning process have occurred. Most notably, management planning used to take place on a five year cycle. This has since been extended to ten years, with strengthened implementation and monitoring procedures put in place throughout the cycle. In addition, management plans are now more integrated, strategic and results-based. Emphasis is placed on objectives (what will be accomplished) instead of specific management actions (how it will be accomplished).

Management planning is a process undertaken to set out, and periodically reassess, the strategic management direction of a National Historic Site. This process helps to ensure Parks Canada delivers on its commitments to heritage places on behalf of Canadians. It also provides an opportunity for Indigenous peoples, residents, boaters, visitors and all types of partners to voice their ideas and thoughts.

Over the course of the 2016 navigation season, Parks Canada will coordinate numerous opportunities for engagement with the intent that all parties have multiple chances to be heard.

Feedback about the Rideau Canal can be sent via e-mail to

State of the Site

As part of Parks Canada's engagement process related to the creation of a 10-year Management Plan for the Rideau Canal, a limited number of information open houses have been held. During these meetings, participants were shown a total of 10 slides which featured information that shows highlights of what the state of the site is today. This information includes everything from the condition of dams, bridges and locks, to our approach to visitor experience, external relations and water management.

The information contained on these placards is being presented in order to allow individuals outside of the Agency to challenge, add or vet the information before it is finalized internally and used to create a draft Management Plan. It is intended instead to start a dialogue and get people thinking about how things look on the ground right now so that a better informed draft is presented for consultation along the Rideau Waterway.

We have uploaded these information placards for your review. Please have a look and let us know if we've missed anything or if there is an important piece we have not captured. Please send your comments to

During the next several months, we will be drafting and finalizing an updated Management Plan. As part of this process, we will be launching a full consultation with stakeholders which will include a chance for people to comment on the plan online, via email and in person at a number of community focused consultation sessions. Stay tuned for more details on that process but in the meantime, please have a look at the attached placards and feel free to send us your comments.

Built Assets 
Business Development 
Cultural Resource Management 
External Relations 
Indigenous Relations 
Species at Risk 
Visitor Experience 
Water Management


May 31, 2016Dear Rideau Canal Confrère (PDF 32 KB)
2006 - Rideau Canal World Heritage Site Management Plan (PDF 3.6 Mb)
May 2005 - Management Plan