Rideau Canal National Historic Site

Update on LaSalle Causeway: Marine navigation channel reopens

Public Services and Procurement Canada has now confirmed that the LaSalle Causeway is fully open for marine navigation as of 12 pm (Eastern Daylight Time) on June 20. More information will be shared as it becomes available. We encourage boaters to consult PSPC public notices and social media channels for updates.

The Rideau Canal is North America’s best-preserved “slackwater” canal, and the only one from the great 19th century canal-building era that still operates along its original route with most of its original structures intact. Today, Parks Canada welcomes visitors to this UNESCO World Heritage Site to experience travel along an iconic route. Pleasure boaters and paddlers fill the locks, while other visitors come by land to marvel at the historic locks in action.


24 historic lockstations

Travel along the historic canal system is made possible by a series of 24 lockstations staffed annually during the navigation season by specially trained Parks Canada lockmasters.

We are hiring

Help operate and maintain the locks, bridges and dams across this historic waterway. See current job postings and apply today!

Lock & Paddle 2024

Join Parks Canada at this free community paddling event in the Nation’s Capital on Canada Parks Day (July 20).

Visiting the Rideau Canal National Historic Site

Activities and experiences

Boating, paddling, overnight mooring, walking trails, licensed local operators.

Plan your visit

How to get here, maps, hours of operation, passes and permits, fees.

Camping and accommodations

Camping at lockstations, historic accommodations, reserve an oTENTik.

Safety and guidelines

We all have a role to play in maintaining safety on the Rideau Canal.

About the Rideau Canal National Historic Site

Nature and science

Along its 202 km route from Ottawa to Kingston, the Rideau Canal passes through four distinct natural landscapes.

Culture and history

Discover the history behind the 22 lockstations that make up the 202 km route from Ottawa to Kingston.

Management and operations

Stewardship and management

Water management, jobs, real property, occupation and development, film and video productions, commercial permits, and management planning.

Water Management InfoNet

Water levels, drawdown, outlook and updates, local conservation authorities, frequently asked questions.

Improvements and infrastructure

Status updates, info bulletins and frequently asked questions about critical projects that may affect your visit.

Contact us

Telephone: 613-283-5170
Toll-free: 1-888-773-8888
Email: rideau@pc.gc.ca

Hours of operation

The navigation season runs from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving (mid-May to mid-October).
Complete schedule


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