Camping in 2020

  • Starting September 4th, 2020, camping at some sites on the Rideau Canal has been made available at the Lockmaster’s discretion.

  • This includes camping for cyclists and hikers, as well as camping for boaters (paddlers and vessels under power)

  • Camping for organized groups (eg. Scouts, paddle groups) can be reserved on a case by case basis, by calling 613-283-5170 x278.

  • Unfortunately, due to measures taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Rideau Canal will be unable to offer “car camping”, or experiences reserved through Parks Canada’s online reservation system, such as oTENTiks, for the remainder of the 2020 Navigation Season

  • When you spend the night on the Rideau Canal, you sleep beneath the stars surrounded by history. Awaken to the sounds of nature and start the next leg of your journey, or hang around the site and explore the historic lockstations. Choose from scenic campsites, beautifully restored historic accommodations, or a one-of-a-kind oTENTik.

    Camping at lockstations

    Scenic campsites accessible by land and water.

    Equipped Camping

    No gear? No problem! We've got you covered!


    Experience camping like never before.

    Historic accommodations

    Heritage homes with modern comforts.

    Overnight mooring

    Boaters are welcome to moor their vessels overnight at lockstations on a first-come first-served basis with the purchase of a mooring permit. Mooring space is not guaranteed.

    More information about overnight mooring