Activities and experiences

Rideau Canal National Historic Site

The Rideau Canal offers a unique opportunity to experience the great outdoors while learning about a fascinating chapter in the story of Canada. Travel by boat or launch your canoe or kayak and unlock this iconic route's many charming secrets. Drive to any of the locks for an afternoon exploring the site and watching the boats go through, or create the ultimate historic experience with an overnight stay in a truly unique setting.


A historic home with a wraparound porch on a sunny day with a lock mechanism visible in the foreground

Historic accommodations

Book an unforgettable stay on the Rideau at one of these affordable historic homes, perfect for friends and family.

Paddling on the Rideau Canal

The Rideau Canal offers a number of natural paddling environments (lakes, rivers and wetlands) showcasing the beauty and diversity of the system.

Licensed local operators

Looking for an unforgettable experience on the Rideau Canal? Check out these trusted local operators that offer unique tours, activities and rentals.


Calendar of events

Take part in a wide range of events, special activities and memorable experiences in this unique place in Canada.

Lock Life Stories

During the navigation season we interviewed visitors to the Rideau Canal and shared their stories on social media.

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