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Rideau Canal National Historic Site of Canada

Site Usage

Rideau Canal Special Event Site Use

Operated by Parks Canada, the Rideau Canal is a National Historic Site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a Canadian Heritage River, and part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It is one of the Canada’s best known and treasured sites, and runs 202 km from Ottawa to Kingston, through beautiful rural and urban backdrops.

If you are planning a regatta or sporting event, or are looking for the perfect venue for a festival, concert or wedding, the Rideau Canal is a premier setting for your special event.

Use of the Rideau Canal and Parks Canada property (both on land, and in water) for public or private use, is subject to federal regulations and requires that all events on the Rideau Canal be permitted by Parks Canada.

To obtain a Site Use Permit from Parks Canada for your event, we ask you to first complete a detailed Site Use Application and submit it to Parks Canada for evaluation.  Every Site Use Application is carefully screened to determine site capacity, logistical needs, and the event’s overall fit with Parks Canada’s values.

Please allow 3 to 6 weeks for your application to be processed, and book well in advance to avoid activity overlap. 


Fees are charged at most national parks and national historic sites. These revenues are applied toward the support of visitor services and facilities, and represent an investment in the future of the Rideau Canal, a legacy for future generations.

For more information on booking a Special Event on the Rideau Canal National Historic Site please contact