Rideau Canal Visitor Centre

Rideau Canal National Historic Site

The Rideau Canal Visitor Information Centre is closed for public visitation.

  • As the Headquarters for the Rideau Canal National Historic Site, we are open for business Monday to Friday 8:30-4:30pm. Please feel free to contact us at pc.rideau.pc@canada.ca or call 613-283-7199 to reach us for an appointment.

Housed in a 19th century stone mill, the Rideau Canal Visitor Centre is the flagship interpretation centre for the historic Rideau Canal system — a National Historic Site of Canada, a designated Canadian Heritage River, and a UNESCO World Heritage destination. Near the Visitor Centre you will find the impressive modern hydraulic system at the Smiths Falls Combined Locks as well as the original 3-lift manual system built by Lt. Col. By in 1829.

Features and services

  • Visitor information services
  • Trip planning assistance
  • 3 floors of exhibits bringing to life the history of the canal
  • Children’s area and activities
  • Rideau Xplorers program and Club Parka activities
  • Enhanced programming


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Washrooms
  • Auditorium (available for rent)
  • Bus parking (please call ahead)

Group tours

To book a group, please phone: (613) 283-5170.

Come visit us

Location: 34 Beckwith St. S, Smiths Falls, ON

Date: Monday to Friday (8:30 am - 4:30 pm)

Phone number: (613) 283-5170 (or 1-888-773-8888)

Email address: pc.rideau.pc@canada.ca

Parks Canada Administration

Date: Monday to Friday (8:30 am - 4:30 pm; by appointment)

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