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.


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