Stewardship and management
Rideau Canal National Historic Site
From the heart of Canada’s capital, the historic Rideau Canal waterway winds south from Ottawa through towns, farms and woodlands for 202 kilometres (126 miles) towards Kingston on Lake Ontario. Constructed after the War of 1812 on fears of an American invasion of the St. Lawrence River, it served as an alternative shipping route between Montréal and Kingston.
The working canal, with its 19th century locks and structures, links rivers and lakes with man-made channels - an ideal landscape for outdoor activities and glimpses of Old Ontario on a watery route through living history.
Accessible by road, bicycle, hiking, paddling and leisurely cruises, the Rideau Canal offers self-guided walking trails at many of its 24 lockstations where it’s possible to pitch a tent within a historic setting. Venture into beautiful historic towns and military structures and, in winter, skate the frozen canal through Ottawa.More information about the Historic Canals and Waterways
Water Management InfoNet
Water levels and flows throughout the Rideau Canal corridor drainage basin are managed by Parks Canada an Agency of Environment Canada.
Jobs on the Rideau Canal
Join the Parks Canada and Rideau Canal team today!
Real property, occupation and development
Realty permits and fees, licences, development and land use, legislation and policy, and licenced local operators.
Film & Video productions
Download a film production proposal form and review associated fees and discounts. Includes information on the use of drones.
Commercial permits at the Rideau Canal
Rideau Canal and Merrickville Blockhouse National Historic Sites of Canada Management Plan, 2022
Information on the management planning process for the Rideau Canal.
Contact us at the Rideau Canal National Historic Site.
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