What to know before you visit
Over the next five years, Parks Canada will invest $2.6 billion to rehabilitate infrastructure assets within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada.
This historic investment supports conservation while promoting visitor experience and making our infrastructure safer and more appealing to visitors.
When visiting the Rideau Canal, you may encounter one or more construction zones or reduced services while we complete this important work. Please plan ahead before you travel to avoid inconvenience. Consult the following list of current infrastructure projects on the Rideau Canal to see if any road, canal, or facility work might impact your trip.
Government of Canada invests $57 million in Rideau Canal National Historic Site
May 10, 2016, Ottawa, Ontario, Parks Canada Agency - Canada’s national parks and historic sites belong to all Canadians. These beautiful natural environment bring Canadians together, attract thousands of tourists to our country, and support our local economies.
Today, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, responsible for Parks Canada and Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre, announced over $57 million in additional funding for infrastructure work along the Rideau Canal. This is the largest investment of its kind in the 184-year history of this National Historic Site. The funding will be used to rehabilitate and repair bridges, dams, locks and historic masonry structures in communities along the Canal, more than doubling previously announced federal funding. This will improve the quality and reliability of visitor facilities and continue to allow Canadians to experience and enjoy this cherished UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Parks Canada continues to work with partners and communities to help the Rideau Canal be a premier tourism destination, foster recreation and support economic development along its whole length, from Ottawa to Kingston.