It’s a wrap for boating season when the locks along the Rideau Canal close on Monday. That means you won’t be able to hop into a boat and go from Ottawa to Kingston until next year when the locks open for the 2018 season.
Even though we had record breaking rain in the summer of 2017, the Rideau Canal had 3.3% more boaters, probably thanks to free lock passes courtesy of Canada 150.
Some lock stations offer some unique looks into the past, like the blacksmith who forges some pretty cool iron works at Jones Falls.
The route is 202 km long and is the oldest operating canal system in North America. Next year you won’t have to buy a boat to enjoy a vacation discovering it, you can rent one!
This is the spot where you’ll rent skates instead of kayaks and try to skate the 7.7km to Parliament Hill.
The summer view from the Rideau near Parliament and the Chateau Laurier is prime real estate for watching the Canada Day fireworks. If you want to park here in your boat, the jockeying for spots to tie up starts days before July 1st.