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

  • 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

    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.

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