Some Parks Canada places have begun a safe, gradual reopening of some outdoor areas and services, including camping. Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and be well-prepared for their visit. Details here.

More than an historic waterway, the Rideau Canal is a route through nature with outdoor offerings from the calm reflections of a day’s fishing to adrenalin-pumping rock-climbing. Paddle a kayak for a day or along the canal’s length through hand-cranked locks. Or cruise in luxury. Cycle or walk waterside pathways in communities like Smiths Falls and Ottawa. Pitch a tent beside a lock or rent a lockstation to throw the party of a lifetime.


  • A historic home with a wraparound porch on a sunny day with a lock mechanism visible in the foreground

    Historic accommodations

    Book an unforgettable stay on the Rideau at one of these affordable historic homes, perfect for friends and family.

  • Two women in a canoe paddling away from the dock down on a narrow canal heading towards a lock on the horizon.

    Paddling on the Rideau Canal

    The Rideau Canal offers a number of natural paddling environments (lakes, rivers and wetlands) showcasing the beauty and diversity of the system.

  • Two tents beside the canal

    ​Camping at lockstations

    Boaters, cyclists and hikers are welcome to pitch a tent at historic lockstations along the canal and enjoy a unique camping experience with the comforts of a well-serviced campsite.

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