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Information Bulletin

SMITHS FALLS, ONTARIO, MAY 21, 2021 – Parks Canada advises that the Rideau Canal is scheduled to re-open for navigation on Friday, May 28, 2021 at 9 a.m.

Navigation will remain closed over the May long weekend.

Please note that many new boaters are expected on the waterway this season. Enjoy your experience on the Rideau Canal but please also always be cautious, courteous and safe. Please share the waterway.

More details on the 2021 Navigation Season will be provided over the coming week.

Consistent with provincial direction, visitors are strongly encouraged to remain in their local area when undertaking outdoor recreation activities.

For the most up-to-date information regarding our facilities and services, please visit us online at www.pc.gc.ca/rideau or follow us on social media @RideauCanalNHS

Federal government announces $57million for infrastructure rehab work on the Rideau Canal

Great News!  The government has announced an investment of $57 million to rehab the Rideau Canal.  I have attached the government’s media release here.  Thanks to MP Gord Brown, MPP Steve Clarke and our own Seamus Cowan for keeping the importance of the Rideau Canal front and centre for the past several years.

News Release

For immediate release

Government of Canada invests $57 million in Rideau Canal National Historic Site

May 10, 2016           Ottawa, Ontario Parks Canada Agency

Canada’s national parks and historic sites belong to all Canadians. These beautiful natural environments bring Canadians together, attract thousands of tourists to our country, and support our local economies.

Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Minister responsible for Parks Canada and Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, announced the installation of two paddle access points along the Rideau Canal National Historic Site.

These new paddle access points will ensure safe and easy access to the Rideau Canal for paddlers and their canoes, kayaks and paddle-boards, allowing even more community members and visitors to enjoy the history and beauty of this national treasure. The access points are located at Clegg Avenue and Patterson Creek in Ottawa.

These paddle access points respond to feedback from the local community and are an example of Parks Canada’s commitment to continually improving experiences for visitors to natural and cultural heritage sites.

Minister McKenna also announced a historic federal infrastructure investment of over $57 million in the Rideau Canal National Historic Site

Also, today’s announcement of over $57 million in additional funding for infrastructure work is the largest investment of its kind in the 184-year history of the Rideau Canal. The funding will be used to rehabilitate and repair bridges, dams, locks and historic masonry structures in communities along the Canal, more than doubling previously announced federal funding. This will improve the quality and reliability of visitor facilities and continue to allow Canadians to experience and enjoy this cherished UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Parks Canada continues to work with partners and communities to help the Rideau Canal be a premier tourism destination, foster recreation and support economic development along its whole length, from Ottawa to Kingston.

FREE DOCKAGE ON JULY 1st! Great Birthday Gift from Parks Canada

Dear Ontario Waterways Partner,

The start of the 2015 navigation season for Ontario’s historic canals has
been a banner one marked by unprecedented investment by the Government of
Canada and an increase in boating numbers.

In keeping with this positive trend, I am very pleased to advise you that,
for the first time, canal boaters can take advantage of FREE LOCKAGE on
Wednesday July 1, 2015 in celebration of Canada Day throughout the Rideau
Canal and the Trent-Severn Waterway!  In addition, just as a reminder,
boaters can continue to take advantage of the 2 for 1 lockage coupon until
June 30, 2015.

For the month of May, on the Trent-Severn Waterway the number of vessels
travelling through the system has increased 34% and the number of vessels
mooring has increased 51% from 2014. On the Rideau Canal, the number of
vessels travelling through the system has increased 32% and the number of
vessels mooring has increased 20% from 2014.

This increased use of canals supports economic benefits for local
communities and businesses and is due in part to investment in increased
service levels and active promotions.  Visitors travelling by land can also
take advantage of new services offered on both the Trent-Severn Waterway
and Rideau Canal this season including; oTENTiks, Red Chairs, and Voyageur
Canoe tours at Ottawa Locks and at the Peterborough Lift Lock. Visitors
will also find new showers, canoe docks, firewood and ice sales at select

This month, the Government announced new infrastructure investments
totalling more than $39 million for the Rideau Canal and more than $285
million for the Trent-Severn Waterway.  This record investment will ensure
the care and preservation of these treasured National Historic Sites and
UNESCO World Heritage Site for use and enjoyment of future generations.

Parks Canada is committed to working in partnership with communities to
further the recent positive trends and to raise the economic benefits of
the waterways to new heightened levels through bold and concrete steps. To
that end we are offering free lockage on Canada Day in hopes of exposing
new boaters and visitors to the many opportunities available on the
Historic Canals and in your communities. We invite you, our valued partner
to join us in our effort to communicate this exciting opportunity and to
further engage us in how together we can all realize the full potential of
Ontario’s Historic Canals.


Jewel Cunningham
Director Ontario Waterways
Parks Canada