Plan your visit
New footbridge downtown Ottawa – Clearance of 6.7 metres (22 feet).
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The Rideau Canal runs between Ottawa and Kingston in Southern Ontario, both easily accessible by car and public transportation from Toronto (260 kilometres to Kingston) and Montréal (200 kilometres to Ottawa). The length of the canal itself can be accessed by road, bicycle, on foot or by boat.
Spring through fall is the most popular time to visit. Though the locks are closed in winter, there is skating, ice-fishing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Hours of operation
The navigation season runs from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving (mid-May to mid-October).Complete schedule
Site access is free. Otherwise, there are fees for locking and overnight mooring.Detailed fees list