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.

Conservation Authorities

Conservation Authorities

A Conservation Authority’s main purpose is to manage natural resources, primarily land and water, on a watershed basis. They participate in many different activities including…
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Environment

Environment

One of the nice features of the Rideau is that it is not a monochromatic environment, but rather a diverse blend of various types of…
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Boating the Rideau

Boating the Rideau

By power of sail, motor or a paddle and even hybrid solar/electric, the Rideau Canal and its associated Tay Canal are amazing boating destinations. Having…
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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.

Smiths Falls

Smiths Falls

Smiths Falls is the largest community between Ottawa and Kingston, and is close to the halfway point of the Rideau Waterway – which passes through…
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Westport

Westport

Nestled in the heartlands of the Rideau Lakes, about 45 minutes north of Kingston at the foot of Foley Mountain, Westport is a core for…
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Lyndhurst

Lyndhurst

Lyndhurst had its beginnings as the village of Furnace Falls in the 1800’s after a vein of iron ore was discovered in the area. An…
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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.

Houseboats

Houseboats

When House Boating on the Rideau wake up every morning to a new and magnificent view with countless kilometers of pristine shoreline that await your…
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Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor Recreation

Welcome to Eastern Ontario’s playground! From pedaling to paddling, the Rideau Heritage Route has something for every kind of outdoor enthusiast. The corridor boasts clean…
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On the Water

On the Water

By power of sail, motor or a paddle, the Rideau Canal and its associated Tay Canal are an amazing boating destination. Having 45 locks at…
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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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