5. Protection and Management of the Property

  1. Ownership
  2. Protective designation
  3. Means of implementing protective measures
  4. Existing plans related to municipality and region in which the proposed property is located
  5. Property Management Plan
  6. Sources and levels of finance
  7. Sources of expertise and training in conservation and management techniques
  8. Visitor facilities and statistics
  9. Policies and programmes related to the presentation and promotion of the property
  10. Staffing levels

H. Visitor facilities and statistics

Along the Rideau Canal, each lockstation provides public washrooms, parking, picnic tables, and visitor orientation and interpretative information. Boaters are able to make use of overnight docking and mooring space. A marked navigation channel with a minimum depth of 1,8 m provides for safe navigation through the canal. Lockstations are located in a variety of settings. Some, like Ottawa and Smiths Falls, are urban, with a wide range of commercial facilities nearby. Most are located in rural areas with few nearby services. There are, however, numerous small communities along the canal where boaters and land-based visitors can find a range of accommodation, shopping and food services.

Rideau Canal
The Rideau Canal has long been a popular recreational waterway.
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Fort Henry provides a range of facilities and services for visitors. There are municipal parking and public washrooms adjacent to Murney Tower. Basic visitor services are provided at Fort Frederick. There is no visitor access to Shoal Tower and Cathcart Tower.



Rideau Canal






995 375

1 408 700

1 501 120


79 590

87 463

82 484

Attendance at the partner-operated sites for 2004
Fort Henry 120 000
Fort Frederick 4 600
Murney Tower 8 000
Bytown Museum 10 000
Blockhouse Museum 5 000
Lockmaster’s House Museum 3 500
Rideau Canal Museum 10 000