Rideau Canal National Historic Site of Canada

Hours of Operation
Boats at Davis Lockstation
© Parks Canada

2014 Hours of Operation

May 16 to June 19
Monday to Thursday
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday to Sunday; and Victoria Day
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

June 20 to Sept 1
Monday to Thursday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday to Sunday; and Canada Day, August Civic Holiday and Labour Day
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sept 2 to Oct 13
Monday to Thursday
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday to Sunday; and Thanksgiving
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Beveridges Lockstation*

May 16 to October 13
Monday to Thursday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday to Sunday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

*During the shoulder seasons (May 16 to June 19 and Sept 2 to Oct 13), boaters will need to pre-book lockage at Beveridges by calling 613-359-5377 at least 48 hours in advance.

LAST LOCKAGE – IMPORTANT!

Boaters are encouraged to follow these guidelines to help maximize chances of being locked through:
  • Please arrive early enough to allow for complete lockages in both directions
  • Times of first and last lockages of the day are not guaranteed. They are often affected by heavy boat traffic, water management and other station opening and closing duties of lock staff.
  • At lockstations with one lock chamber, boaters must arrive 30 minutes before closing. At lockstations with more than one lock chamber, 30 minutes per lock chamber is required. (i.e. three lock chambers, arrive 1.5 hours before closing).
  • At Ottawa Locks, boaters must arrive at least 3.5 hours before closing.
  • At swing bridges, including Brass Point Bridge, boaters must arrive 10 minutes before closing.
  • Pretoria and Hog's Back bridges will not operate Monday to Friday (except on statutory holidays) from 12:30pm - 1:15pm and 4:00pm - 5:30pm.
  • At Smiths Falls Detached Lock, the bridge will operate 'on demand' throughout the navigation season, except from June 24 to August 16, when the bridge will swing Monday to Friday at 9:30am, 10:15am, 11:00am and 11:45am. Bridge swings return to 'on demand' at 1:00pm.
  • The bridge at Old Slys Locks will not operate Monday to Friday (except on statutory holidays) from: 11: 55am – 12:15pm and 12:45pm – 1: 00pm.
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.