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Rideau Canal National Historic Site of Canada

Events on the Rideau Canal 2014

Listen to the Night - Bats of Ontario
Listen to the Night: Bats of Ontario
When: July 8 until August 31, 2014
Where: Rideau Canal Visitor Information Centre (34 Beckwith Street Smiths Falls, Ontario)

If you've ever spent a summer evening next to the Rideau Canal, odds are you've looked up and seen a bat silhouetted against the sky as it begins its nightly hunt. These secretive and often misunderstood creatures are essential part of Ontario's ecosystem, but how much do you really know about them? This exciting exhibit on loan from the Royal Ontario Museum introduces visitors to the bats that patrol Ontario's night sky, their habits and unique physiology, as well as explaining the role they play in Ontario's ecosystem. Come out and learn more about these fascinating creatures!

Reel Paddling Film Festival

When: Thursday, August 14, 2014 & Friday, August 15, 2014 at 7 pm
Where: Rideau Canal Visitor Information Centre (34 Beckwith Street Smiths Falls, Ontario)
Admission: $12 in advance (available on online!) / $15 at the door

Rapid Media's 9th annual Reel Paddling Film Festival showcases the world's best paddling films to audiences in Canada, United States and around the world. The festival inspires more people to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push physical and emotional extremes, embrace the lifestyle and appreciate the heritage of the wild places we paddle.

Rideau Paddlefest
When: Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 10 am until 10 pm
Where: Lower Reach Park, Smiths Falls

Answer the ‘call of the Rideau!’ Join in the fun on August 16 and celebrate the flat waters of the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site! Come by land or by water! Free day long event! Come welcome the K2O racers and enjoy a fireworks show in the evening!

Kingston to Ottawa (K2O) race

When: Saturday, August 16, 2014 and Sunday, August 17, 2014
Where: From Kingston to Ottawa

The Kingston to Ottawa (K2O) race is an ultra endurance 200km marathon paddling race through the Rideau Canal. The race includes 22 portages and must be completed within 32 hours. All types of non-fixed paddle crafts are allowed in the race however, no crafts with sails or pedals are permitted. Examples of non-fixed paddle crafts are: canoes, kayaks, voyageur canoes, paddle boards, etc... Expect an incredible journey, an incredible event, and an incredible challenge. The first annual K2O race will take place August 16 and 17, 2014.