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Rideau Canal National Historic Site of Canada


Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007, the Rideau Canal is a beautiful system of lakes, rivers and canals. It winds 202 kilometres from Ottawa, Canada's capital, to Kingston, passing through the scenic countryside, historic towns and quaint villages of Eastern Ontario along the way. There's so much to see and do along the Rideau Canal.

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Skating on the Rideau Canal 

Take a skate along the world's largest skating rink! Each winter the historic Rideau Canal is transformed into a 7.8-kilometre skating rink. The world-famous skateway winds it way through the heart of Ottawa, stretching from downtown to Dows Lake.  Learn more...

Paddling the Rideau Canal © Parks Canada

Paddling the Rideau Canal

Imagine yourself gliding across the calm waters of the Rideau on a crisp, bright September morning while the first rays of sun begin to bring nature to life, penetrating the ghostly fog, rising from the same tranquil waters that your boat silently travels. In the distance, you hear a few common loons calling while an osprey with piercing eyes flies in circles, looking to entrer the morning fog to capture fresh fish for breakfast. Learn more...

Walking Trails

Walking Trails

Taking time to explore the canal by foot is a perfect activity for families and friends looking to learn about the Rideau Canal's history and nature. While each of our 26 lockstations are worth a visit, we're offering you itineraries for Ottawa, Burritts Rapids, Jones Falls and Kingston Mills Lockstations. Don't forget your camera! Learn more...

Visualize the history of the Rideau Canal in the palm of your hand

Rideau Timescapes App

The Rideau Timescapes App is a free downloadable app for Apple iOS devices that allows the visitor to interact with the visual heritage of lockstations along the canal in a whole new way.

More than 700 historic photographs are available through a map interface. Short histories of the canal and its lockstations are available at the tap of a button. And slide through time to see the changing landscape in our unique Timescape view. Learn more...

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