Stay in a restored lockmaster’s house or canalman’s cottage and experience a holiday you’ll never forget. Parks Canada brings these vintage homes to life with exceptional detail and thoughtful renovations, giving you a chance to experience the Rideau Canal as it was in the 1800s. Each accommodation has its own unique charm, and carefully combines original construction with modern amenities. Enjoy a rare opportunity to live like a lockmaster on a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Historic accommodations on the Rideau Canal


Davis Lockmaster's House

Location: Lock 38 - Elgin, ON

Rent this defensible stone house overlooking the picturesque Sand Lake, and watch the boats come through the lock as you lounge on your private deck.

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Newboro Canalman's Cottage

Location: Lock 36 - Newboro, ON

The original canalman's house relocated from the southern side of the Newboro lockstation in 1941 is a beautiful and quiet retreat steeped in history.

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Beveridges Lockmaster's House - COMING SOON

Location: Lock 33 - Drummond/North Elmsley, ON

Built in 1883 at the junction of the Rideau and Tay canals, this grand home provides a luxurious stay just minutes from the beautiful town of Perth.