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Rideau Canal National Historic Site of Canada



The Historic Canals Regulations prohibit the setting out of a mooring buoy without the authorization of the Parks Canada Agency in accordance with a permit issued there under.  The superintendent may, on receipt of an application, issue a permit authorizing the applicant to set out a buoy in a historic canal.  Mooring buoys are permitted only in exceptional circumstances and several requirements must be met including:

  1. The buoy is to be used only for the mooring of a vessel owned by the adjacent waterfront property owner (the applicant);
  2. The mooring buoy must be located directly in front of, and as close as possible to, the applicant’s property;
  3. There must be insufficient depth for a deep draft vessel near shore.

Furthermore, the type, placement and characteristics of the buoy must conform with the Private Buoy Regulations and have Transport Canada approval.

Persons placing mooring buoys in a Historic Canal (which includes the lakes) without authorization are acting in contravention of the Historic Canals Regulations.

Please note: The Superintendent of the Rideau Canal may remove from the Rideau Canal a private buoy that does not comply with the Private Buoy Regulations.

For further information contact:
Rideau Canal National Historic Site
34 Beckwith Street South
Smiths Falls, ON K7A 2A8
Telephone: 613-283-5170

Policies for In-water and Shoreline Works and Related Activities
Department of Transport Act; Historic Canals Regulations 
Canada Shipping Act; Private Buoy Regulations