Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy

Rideau Canal National Historic Site

Anyone who experiences the Rideau Canal and the communities along its length knows they are in a very special place. You might be a visitor- paddling through a narrow channel of spectacular natural beauty, walking down an historic street soaking in its character or driving through an engineering marvel. You might be a resident- cycling or skating along the Canal, running a shop in one of its many towns and villages, working a century farm, or fishing along its shores near your cottage. Whoever you are, the Rideau Canal Corridor is a place with a unique identity and a remarkable spirit.

The Rideau Canal has been honoured with many distinctions:

  • National Historic Site
  • Canadian Heritage River
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

In 2008, the National Geographic Society declared the Rideau Canal the:

Second most authentic, sustainable destination in the World!


Following the recommendation of the World Heritage Committee, Parks Canada committed to undertaking an assessment of the visual character of the Canal Corridor; this commitment resulted in the formation of the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy (the Strategy), a collective of representatives from First Nations, federal and provincial agencies, municipalities, NGOs, property owners and others working together to ensure a collective vision for the Rideau Corridor.

As part of its commitment to the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy, over the course of 2012, Parks Canada facilitated a Landscape Character Assessment to identify key features and values along the Rideau Corridor in order to support more effective planning and management of the Rideau Corridor's landscape. For more information about the project, view the final report here:

For more information, please contact:

Mailing address:
Susan Millar, Planner
Ontario Waterways
Parks Canada
34 Beckwith Street South
Smiths Falls, ON K7A 2A8
613-283-7199, ext. 242
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