As of June 1, some Parks Canada places began a safe, gradual reopening of some outdoor areas at national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas. Find details here.

Starting June 1, 2020

Starting June 1st 2020, the Rideau Canal National Historic Site will offer limited visitor access and basic services along the entire system, with the exception of Jones Falls and Kingston Mills.

Visitors will be able to access the following services and facilities:

  • lockage, boat launches, access points and mooring areas;
  • day-use areas, including green spaces, picnic areas, and parking lots;
  • day-use trails, including some cycling access on designated trails and pathways;
  • lockstation grounds; and
  • public toilets where enhanced cleaning protocols will be implemented.
Until June 1, these facilities remain closed and we ask that visitors respect these closures in order to allow canal staff to do the necessary work to prepare for opening.

Jones Falls and Kingston Mills lockstations will not open on June 1 as important infrastructure work is ongoing in both of these locations. It is expected that this work will be completed and the entire system will be open for navigation later in June.

Visiting the Rideau Canal National Historic Site will be different than it has been in the past. Visitors are asked to plan ahead by checking the Rideau Canal National Historic website before they travel.

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!

oTENTik

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