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Rideau Canal National Historic Site of Canada

Hours of Operation
Boats at Davis Lockstation
© Parks Canada

2015 Hours of Operation

May 15 to June 18
Monday to Thursday
10:00am – 4:00pm
Friday to Sunday; and Victoria Day
9:00am – 7:00pm

June 19 to Sept 7
Monday to Thursday
9:00am – 6:00pm
Friday to Sunday; and Canada Day, August Civic Holiday and Labour Day
9:00am – 7:00pm

Sept 8 to Oct 12
Monday to Friday
10:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday - Sunday; and Thanksgiving
9:00am – 5:00pm

* Beveridges lockstation will also provide a full upon arrival service for the entire season and will operate under the same hours as the rest of the Rideau Canal.

NOTE: Lockstations are unstaffed after hours. Authorized visitors are asked to exercise caution. Unpermitted access to lockstations is prohibited between 10pm and 6am. For emergencies after hours, please call 911 for police, fire, ambulance. To report illegal harvesting of fish or wildlife, please call the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry TIPS line at 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667).

LAST LOCKAGE – IMPORTANT!

Follow these guidelines to maximize chances of being locked through at the end of the day:
  • At lockstations with one lock, boaters must arrive at the designated blue line 30 minutes before closing. At lockstations with more than one lock, 30 minutes per lock chamber is required. (i.e. three locks, arrive 90 minutes before closing).
  • At swing bridges, including Brass Point Bridge, boaters must arrive 20 minutes before closing.

Tips for a Successful Journey

  • New to Boating? Talk to our friendly lock staff for tips and information on locking through safely. Have fun!
  • Station opening and closing times, as well as first and last lockage, are not guaranteed and may be affected by water management duties, maintenance activities or other types of navigation interruptions.
  • Seasonal overnight mooring permits are also valid for use at Thousand Islands National Park, Georgian Bay Islands National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Conservation Area (boaters using a campsite must also pay a camping fee)

Maximum Overnight Mooring Period

  • 2 Nights - All lockstations
Note: Overnight Mooring passes include one free camp site.

Nautical Charts

Rideau Canal navigation charts 1512 (Ottawa-Smiths Falls) and 1513 (Smiths Falls to Kingston) are sold at several lockstations.

Pretoria and Hog’s Back bridges

Pretoria and Hog’s Back bridges will not operate Monday to Friday (except on statutory holidays) from 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm and 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm.

Abbott Street Swing Bridge (Smiths Falls Detached Lock)

At Smiths Falls Detached Lock, the bridge will operate upon arrival throughout the navigation season, except from June 23 to August 15, when the bridge will swing Monday to Friday at 9:30 am, 10:15 am, 11:00 am and 11:45 am. Bridge swings return to upon arrival at 1:00 pm.

Note: Boat wake, wash and excessive speeds are major concerns along the Rideau Canal. Please drive at a safe speed and keep boat wake and wash to a minimum, especially when approaching smaller vessels, canoes and kayaks.