Rideau Canal National Historic Site of Canada

Visitor Information Centre
Housed in a 19th century stone mill, our Visitor Information Centre features four-floors of exhibits and a 15 minute video presentation.
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Rideau Canal Visitor Centre

The Rideau Canal Visitor Centre is the flagship interpretation centre for the historic Rideau Canal system - a National Historic Site of Canada, a designated Canadian Heritage River, and a UNESCO World Heritage destination. Inside, exhibits bring to life the history of the canal – its construction from 1826-1831, its role throughout history, as well as the distinct lifestyle associated with the Rideau Waterway.

Location: 34 Beckwith St. South, in town (Smith Falls), at the foot of Beckwith St.
Season: May 18 to September 2, daily 9 am-4:30pm.
Admission: By Donation (Self Guided)
Groups: Tour groups welcome with advance notice. School Groups $1.90 per person Adult/Senior Groups $3.40 per person. Outdoor guided tour of the Smith Falls Combined locks available for an additional charge.
Facilities: Wheelchair accessible, including washrooms. Bilingual displays and seasonal exhibits. Children’s area. Auditorium available for rental. Bus parking on site, please call ahead.

Contact:
Rideau Canal Visitor Centre 
34 Beckwith St. South
Smiths Falls, Ontario K7A 2A8

Tel/Fax: 613-283-5170
Email: RideauCanal-info@pc.gc.ca

Free activities at the Rideau Canal Visitor Information Centre

Species at Risk Scavenger Hunt

When: Monday to Friday – 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Saturday and Sunday- 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Where: Rideau Canal Visitor Information Centre (34 Beckwith Street South, Smiths Falls, Ontario)

To promote awareness of the Species at Risk, the Visitor Information Centre is running a scavenger hunt. This is a fun and educational activity that not only informs kids of the species at risk along the canal but takes them all over the Visitor Information Centre and its exhibits, learning as they search. Species at risk critters are hidden about the visitor centre, ask for clue list and a Species at risk brochure to start your hunt.


Housed in a 19th century stone mill, our Visitor Information Centre features four-floors of exhibits and a 15 minute video presentation.

Come learn the history of the canal since its construction between 1826 and 1831, its role over time, as well as the distinct lifestyle and folklore associated with the Rideau Waterway.

Near the Visitor Information Centre, you’ll find the impressive modern hydraulic system at the Smiths Falls Combined Locks as well as the original 3-lift manual system built by Lt. Col. By in 1829.

The Visitor Information Centre and its washrooms are wheelchair accessible.