Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts
  • Camping for boaters (paddlers and vessels under power) at most lockstations on the Rideau Canal

  • Camping space is allocated by the Lockmaster on a first-come, first-served basis and capacity at the station are at the discretion of the Lockmaster. Please note that when determining capacity, the Lockmaster must consider the requirement for appropriate social distancing.

  • Drive-up camping and camping for cyclists and hikers at lockstations will not be available until further notice

  • Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 mitigations, the Rideau Canal will be unable to offer oTENTiks or reservable camping for the remainder of the 2020 Navigation Season.

  • Group camping at Rideau Canal lockstations is still suspended and will is subject to approval though visitor services on a case by case basis. Contact 613-283-5170 x278

  • Visit the Rideau Canal COVID-19 page for updates on park facilities and services.


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.

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
  • camping (For boaters, paddlers and vessels under power only)

Visit the Rideau Canal COVID-19 page for updates on park facilities and services.

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.

More information about Davis Lockmaster's House


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.

More information about Newboro Canalman's Cottage


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.