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Rideau Canal National Historic Site of Canada

Events on the Rideau Canal 2014

Listen to the Night - Bats of Ontario Listen to the Night: Bats of Ontario
When: July 8 until August 31, 2014
Where: Rideau Canal Visitor Information Centre (34 Beckwith Street Smiths Falls, Ontario)

If you've ever spent a summer evening next to the Rideau Canal, odds are you've looked up and seen a bat silhouetted against the sky as it begins its nightly hunt. These secretive and often misunderstood creatures are essential part of Ontario's ecosystem, but how much do you really know about them? This exciting exhibit on loan from the Royal Ontario Museum introduces visitors to the bats that patrol Ontario's night sky, their habits and unique physiology, as well as explaining the role they play in Ontario's ecosystem. Come out and learn more about these fascinating creatures!

Colonel By Day
When: Monday, August 4, 2014 - 11 AM to 4 PM
Where: Ottawa Locks

Colonel By Day is a free, one-day, family-friendly heritage celebration which commemorates Lt-Colonel John By and the builders of the Rideau Canal. Parks Canada will have something for visitors of all ages and interests including an opportunity to experience the Rideau Canal from the water in Parks Canada’s 28-foot voyageur canoe! Young visitors can also take part in our Club Parka activities, make wildlife origami and dress up in period costumes while history enthusiasts can get a hands-on introduction to the tools and technology used to build the canal. This fun-filled day boasts a wide variety of heritage-themed events and entertainment, free admission to the Bytown Museum and more!

Sound of Light Fireworks Festival at Ottawa Locks
When: August 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm (fireworks at 9:15 pm)
Where: Ottawa Locks
Admission: $5 (tickets available through Bytown Museum)

One night only! Parks Canada and Bytown Museum invite you to Ottawa Locks to watch a Canadian team compete at this annual pyromusical fireworks competition on the Ottawa River! Come experience fireworks like never before! NOTE: For safety reasons, Ottawa Locks will be closed to the public during the festival's other performances. More information.

Reel Paddling Film Festival
When: Thursday, August 14, 2014 - Friday, August 15, 2014
Where: Rideau Canal Visitor Information Centre (34 Beckwith Street Smiths Falls, Ontario)
Admission: $12 in advance (available on online!) / $15 at the door

Rapid Media's 9th annual Reel Paddling Film Festival showcases the world's best paddling films to audiences in Canada, United States and around the world. The festival inspires more people to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push physical and emotional extremes, embrace the lifestyle and appreciate the heritage of the wild places we paddle.

Kingston to Ottawa (K2O) race
When: Saturday, August 16, 2014 and Sunday, August 17, 2014
Where: From Kingston to Ottawa

The Kingston to Ottawa (K2O) race is an ultra endurance 200km marathon paddling race through the Rideau Canal. The race includes 22 portages and must be completed within 32 hours. All types of non-fixed paddle crafts are allowed in the race however, no crafts with sails or pedals are permitted. Examples of non-fixed paddle crafts are: canoes, kayaks, voyageur canoes, paddle boards, etc... Expect an incredible journey, an incredible event, and an incredible challenge. The first annual K2O race will take place August 16 and 17, 2014.