IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY, call 911 or *OPP (*677). Also call the Rescue Coordination Centre in Trenton at 1-800-267-7270 and report your situation.

The Rideau Canal National Site is a historic canal operated by Parks Canada, an agency of Environment and Climate Change Canada. It is part of a large family of national parks and national historic sites located across the country.

The historic canals are popular waterways that cater to recreational boaters, including canoeists and kayakers, as well as land-based visitors.

If you are locking through or just visiting a lock station, the friendly lock staff are available to answer your questions, explain lock operations and offer you further assistance.

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For your safety

Boating search and rescue operations in Ontario are jointly coordinated by the Ontario Provincial Police, the Department of National Defence, the Canadian Coast Guard and other agencies.Marine VHF distress channel, Channel 16, is continuously monitored.

The distress call, MAYDAY, indicates that the station sending the signal is threatened by grave and imminent danger and requires immediate assistance. The message, PANPAN, means that the sender requires help on an urgent basis.