Jones Falls

Rideau Canal National Historic Site

Considered one of the prettiest and most photographed lockstations on the Rideau, Jones Falls has a flight of three lower locks and a turning basin separating these from the upper lock. Jones Falls is home to the “Great Stone Arch Dam” which, when completed in 1831, was the highest dam in North America at almost 60 feet. Scenic trails, a visitor centre and parking are on site.

How to get here

Jones Falls

182 Lock Road
Rideau Lakes, Ontario

GPS: 44°32'44"N 76°14'20"W

Hours of Operation



Navigational data
  • Distance from Ottawa: 159.0 km (98.8 mi)
  • Distance from Kingston: 42.9 km (26.7 mi)
  • Nautical chart: #1513 (Sheet 4)
  • Number of locks: 4 (3 in flight)
  • Lock length: 40.8 m (134 ft)
  • Lock width: 9.7 m (33 ft)
  • Average lift: 4.2 m (13.7 ft), 13.2 m (43.4 ft)
Facilities and services
  • Overnight mooring (2 nights max)
  • Camping
  • Washrooms
  • Barbecue grills
  • Potable water
  • Picnic tables
  • Visitor information
  • Parking

The construction of the Jones Falls lockstation in this rugged terrain is one of the most impressive feats of the canal builders. The contractor for this job was a partnership of Thomas McKay and John Redpath. It was John Redpath who did the work on this site. The contractor John Redpath, were faced with overcoming a series of rapids 1.6 km (1 mile) long with a fall of 18 m (60 feet).

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