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Rideau Canal National Historic Site

Parks Canada Embarks on Management Planning for the Rideau Canal

The Rideau Canal's Management Plan was last updated in 2005. Since then, some changes to the planning process have occurred. Most notably, management planning used to take place on a five year cycle. This has since been extended to ten years, with strengthened implementation and monitoring procedures put in place throughout the cycle. In addition, management plans are now more integrated, strategic and results-based. Emphasis is placed on objectives (what will be accomplished) instead of specific management actions (how it will be accomplished).

Management planning is a process undertaken to set out, and periodically reassess, the strategic management direction of a National Historic Site. This process helps to ensure Parks Canada delivers on its commitments to heritage places on behalf of Canadians. It also provides an opportunity for Indigenous peoples, residents, boaters, visitors and all types of partners to voice their ideas and thoughts.

During our various engagements over the 2016 Navigation Season we received a great deal of feedback including a desire for stakeholders to have more occasions to be engaged and provide comment.

With that in mind, and in order to ensure that you see yourself/your organization in this process and the resulting new management plan, the decision has been taken to change the target completion date from March 2017 to March 2018.

The Rideau Canal Parks Canada Team will take this opportunity to coordinate further opportunities for engagement and consultation with the intent that all parties have multiple chances to be heard. Additional open houses will occur during the 2017 navigation season in communities all along the Canal. A draft plan, prepared in advance and made publicly available, will serve as the focus of these meetings. Details of these engagements and others will be well advertised in advance through various media outlets and provided through regular updates and through the Rideau Canal website at

In the meantime, and as always, I invite you to share any feedback you have about the Rideau Canal by sending an e-mail to

Management planning helps to ensure Parks Canada delivers on its commitments to heritage places on behalf of Canadians. We will ensure that you have your opportunity to provide input and help shape the future of the Rideau Canal National Historic Site and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

State of the Site

As part of Parks Canada's engagement process related to the creation of a 10-year Management Plan for the Rideau Canal, a limited number of information open houses have been held. During these meetings, participants were shown a total of 10 slides which featured information that shows highlights of what the state of the site is today. This information includes everything from the condition of dams, bridges and locks, to our approach to visitor experience, external relations and water management.

The information contained on these placards is being presented in order to allow individuals outside of the Agency to challenge, add or vet the information before it is finalized internally and used to create a draft Management Plan. It is intended instead to start a dialogue and get people thinking about how things look on the ground right now so that a better informed draft is presented for consultation along the Rideau Waterway.

We have uploaded these information placards for your review. Please have a look and let us know if we've missed anything or if there is an important piece we have not captured. Please send your comments to

During the next several months, we will be drafting and finalizing an updated Management Plan. As part of this process, we will be launching a full consultation with stakeholders which will include a chance for people to comment on the plan online, via email and in person at a number of community focused consultation sessions. Stay tuned for more details on that process but in the meantime, please have a look at the attached placards and feel free to send us your comments.

Built Assets 
Business Development 
Cultural Resource Management 
External Relations 
Indigenous Relations 
Species at Risk 
Visitor Experience 
Water Management

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Let's Talk Parks, Canada! invites all Canadians to share their views on Canada's national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas and on the Parks Canada Agency. For the first time ever, all Canadians are being invited to participate in the Minister's Round Table required by the Parks Canada Agency Act (1998). The Act calls on the Minister to seek input from Canadians on matters for which Parks Canada is responsible. Seven round tables have been held since 1999, the most recent in 2014.

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December 16, 2016Rideau Canal Management Planning Timetable Extension (PDF, 37 KB)
May 31, 2016Dear Rideau Canal Confrère (PDF 32 KB)
2006 - Rideau Canal World Heritage Site Management Plan (PDF 3.6 Mb)
May 2005 - Management Plan 

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