All Parks Canada consultations and formal engagement on management plans are suspended until further notice.

Management Planning and the Rideau Canal

Management planning is a process undertaken to set out, and periodically assess, the strategic management direction of a national historic site. Management plans are important documents that communicate a site’s long term vision and outline key strategies to achieve management goals.

This process helps to ensure Parks Canada delivers on its commitments to heritage places on behalf of Canadians. It also provides an opportunity for Indigenous peoples, residents, boaters, visitors and all types of stakeholders to share their ideas and thoughts.

The Rideau Canal's Management Plan was last updated in 2005. Since then, some changes to the planning process have occurred. Most notably, management planning is now undertaken on a ten-year cycle (previously five-year cycle), with strengthened implementation and monitoring procedures put in place throughout the cycle. In addition, management plans are now more integrated, strategic and results-based. Emphasis is placed on articulating objectives (desired results / outcomes) instead of providing a list of specific management actions.

Public Engagement

Management planning provides the opportunity to take stock of our site and set a course for the future. To kick off our engagement process, a series of informal open houses were held along the Rideau, which highlighted key findings from an assessment of the current state of the site. In addition, we completed an assessment of the 2005 management plan and subsequently held informal visioning sessions to continue the process of developing a long-term vision for the canal and identifying strategies for achieving it.

Your Input

Parks Canada is seeking your input to assist us in developing a strong and effective plan that provides direction for the management of the Rideau Canal for the next ten years. We will soon be updating our website with an email address specific to the management plan process. In the meantime, please contact for further information.

Please continue to check this website for further opportunities to participate in the management plan review as we move toward the public consultation phase of the process.


May 31, 2016Dear Rideau Canal Confrère (PDF 32 KB)
2006 - Rideau Canal World Heritage Site Management Plan (PDF 3.6 Mb)
May 2005 - Management Plan