Openings and services differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.

What's Open (updated June 11, 2021)
  • The Rideau Canal is open for navigation.
What's closed (updated June 11, 2021)
  • Camping for cyclists and hikers and oTENTiks on the Rideau Canal will be available effective June 18, 2021.
  • Bookings for oTENTIks can be made on the Parks Canada Agency Reservations.
  • Unfortunately, as a result of COVID-19 mitigations, reservable camping, group camping, and drive-up camping will not be offered on the Rideau Canal until further notice.
Camping during COVID-19 (updated on June 11, 2021)
 
  • Camping for boaters (paddlers and vessels under power) will be available on the Rideau Canal on June 11, 2021.
  • Please note that this camping is not reservable and space is allocated by the Lockmaster on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Capacity for camping at the lockstation is at the discretion of the Lockmaster who must consider the requirement for appropriate social distancing.
  • Camping for cyclists and hikers and oTENTiks on the Rideau Canal will be available effective June 18, 2021.
  • Bookings for oTENTIks can be made on the Parks Canada Agency Reservations.
  • Unfortunately, as a result of COVID-19 mitigations, reservable camping, group camping, and drive-up camping will not be offered on the Rideau Canal until further notice.
Your safety when visiting
 
  • Lockage:Boaters are expected to be in full care and control of their vessels and to maintain 2 meters distance from staff and other boaters at all times during lockage. Mask use is mandatory within 2 metres of staff or visitors. Boaters requiring assistance with lockage must identify their concerns to lockstaff prior to entering the chamber. Boaters must at all times follow instructions from lockstaff who are always readily available to ensure a safe and efficient experience for all visitors.
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  • Mask Mandatory for Service: Mask use is mandatory for visitors in situations where they will be within 2 meters of Parks Canada team members or other visitors, including if they require assistance when locking through. Masks are also required for the use of washrooms at lock stations and during sales transactions.

  • Maintain Social Distancing: Visitors must respect the safety of others at all times by maintaining their distance from other visitors and Parks Canada team members. Please respect the roped-off areas on the lock walls that provide a safe working space for our staff.


  • No Large Gatherings: Gatherings that are not consistent with provincial COVID-19 restrictions are prohibited on Parks Canada lands along the Rideau Canal.
  • Use Cashless Payment: For the purchase of permits, please use cashless payment whenever possible.


 

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Water Management
 

Parks Canada’s water management responsibilities on the Rideau Canal are considered part of the Agency’s critical services to the public and continue to be carried out on a 24/7 basis with the same level of commitment in terms of resources and effort.

Parks Canada maintains the Ontario Waterways Water Management InfoNet on this website. The InfoNet contains background information on water management practices, water management updates, frequently asked questions about water management, various reports on water management, and the most recent water level of lakes along both the Rideau Canal.

The primary source of relevant local flood forecasting information for residents and visitors continues to be their respective Conservation Authority or the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

Infrastructure projects
 

The health and safety of Canadians, visitors, and Parks Canada team members is of the utmost importance to the Agency. Parks Canada’s infrastructure program is considered part of the Agency’s critical services to the public. We will continue to communicate if there are any changes in project status or schedule that impact the public.

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