Rideau Heritage Route

The Rideau is a paddlers’ paradise offering excellent flatwater paddling

Access is very easy at any of over 30 launch ramps and most lockstations. Those traveling the length of the canal have the option of “locking through” the locks or portaging past them. Those camping will find it convenient at the many campgrounds or at the lockstations. Those wishing to enjoy a more decadent trip may wish to stay in B&Bs along the route. With over 1,091 km (675 miles) of shoreline on the Rideau, there’s so much to explore.

Monuments & Plaques

Monuments & Plaques

Here are some of our Monuments & Plaques listed from Kingston to Ottawa Celtic Cross at Douglas R. Fluhrer Park, KingstonA celtic cross in commemoration…
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Genealogy

Genealogy

Communities along the Rideau Heritage route originally began to be settled in the late 1700’s and 1800’s. Settlers came from Europe either for a new…
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Frontenac Arch Biosphere

Frontenac Arch Biosphere

Biosphere Reserves are areas of terrestrial and coastal ecosystems promoting solutions to reconcile the conservation of biodiversity with its sustainable use. They are internationally recognized,…
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Best Time to Paddle

The shoulder seasons, May/June and September/October are typically the best times to paddle the Rideau. During these months, paddlers will encounter fewer powerboats on the water and more moderate temperatures in the region. Fewer visitors also means more availability (and sometimes better prices) when it comes to accommodation along the route.

Manotick

Manotick

The history of the town built by the dam, along the Heritage Rideau River goes back nearly 150 years. It has many fine stores, restaurants,…
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Rideau Ferry

Rideau Ferry

Rideau Ferry was first called Oliver’s Ferry after John Oliver, a Scottish settler in South Elmsley. He operated the first ferry across the Rideau Lake…
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Seeley's Bay

Seeley’s Bay

Seeley’s Bay was created around 1832 with the flooding of the Cranberry Marsh during the building of Rideau Canal. The Bay became a regular stop…
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If you wish to paddle during the height of powerboat season (July and August), the trip can still be fantastic. Unlike powerboats, canoes and kayaks do not have to follow the channel. In fact most paddlers prefer to follow the shoreline and take a less direct route from one lock to another, away from the noise and wake of powerboats, and closer to interesting sights on shore. You may even decide to portage into one or more of the canals numerous feeder lakes and rivers.

Best Direction to Paddle

If you wish to travel the Rideau in its entirety or to paddle a large section, the best direction to go is from Kingston to Ottawa for two reasons. First, the prevailing southwest winds blow in that general direction. There is nothing worse than tackling a large lake such as the Big Rideau and paddling for miles into a stiff, rough south wind. Second, as you approach Ottawa, the current becomes a factor to a small extent.

Cheese Factories

Cheese Factories

Eastern Ontario has a rich cheese-making heritage. During your visit to the Rideau corridor, stop in at one of these local producers and see how…
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Explore the Rideau on Two Wheels

Explore the Rideau on Two Wheels

The large number of secondary roads makes Rideau exploration a fun cycling adventure. It is easy to take the “road less traveled” and discover the…
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Maple

Maple

Maple Syrup is made only in Eastern North America, however this delectable and 100% natural product is enjoyed by people around the world. Native Americans…
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The Rideau Heritage Route Tourism Association (RHRTA)

The Rideau Heritage Route Tourism Association (RHRTA) is a Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) mandated to promote the Rideau Heritage Route (RHR) by developing marketing and promotional programs. The RHR, comprised of the Rideau Canal, its adjoining towns, villages and the Cities of Ottawa and Kingston, offers a variety of world-class heritage experiences.

Rideau Canal
Rideau Canal

The overall goal is to position the entire RHR Corridor as a tourism destination by promoting the region’s authentic, arts, cuisine and natural history experiences.

The Opinicon Resort

The Opinicon Resort

1697 Chaffeys Lock Rd. Elgin, ON Tel: (613) 359 – 5233 Email Us Since we purchased the place in January we’ve been very busy beavers…
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