End of Season Operations 2019

Issued: October 14, 2019

Parks Canada is advising the public that the Rideau Canal’s 24 lockstations located between Ottawa and Kingston will close for the season on October 14th, 2019, following the Thanksgiving long weekend.

Parks Canada encourages the public to use caution in and around the canal structures and channels over the winter months. From mid-October to the end of May, the canal’s lock stations will be closed and the use of the canal will be at one’s own risk. Unmarked hazards may exist. Wet leaves, ice, and snow may remain on stairs and walkways, and ice conditions on the waterway can vary. Boaters are advised that during the non-navigation season, aids to navigation may be missing, off-station, or inoperable until next spring.

From mid-October until mid-November, water levels in the Rideau Canal system, between the Ottawa Locks and Burritt’s Rapids, will decrease to winter levels by adjusting dams and spillways in the Lower Rideau Watershed.

We would like to thank all visitors and look forward to welcoming you again in 2020. Lockage and mooring permits for 2020 will soon be available for purchase on the Parks Canada website.

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