The locks on Canal Rideau are both fun and easy to operate. The locks are operated the traditional way – manually by 3-4 lock keepers. Not only will the locks be easy to operate, but they will also become a fun part of your riverboat trip.
When approaching a lock or swing bridge, the lock staff will normally see you. However, if they don't, the signal to request to enter the lock or have the bridge opened is three long blasts of five seconds duration from your horn.
Rideau Canal offers various opportunities for you to put the boat at dock at one of the local marinas (Portland, Seeley’s Bay, Perth, and Westport). You will be charged an obligatory fee permitting you to dock at the local marinas. Note that the mooring berths can be occupied and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
When boarding your boat in Canada you’ll have enough fuel on board to last you for 60 plus hours of cruising. If you are on an extended vacation and you need to fill up, you can get fuel at a Le Boat Base.
It is always good to top up your water tank when you can. The freshwater tank gauge will show you how much water you have left on board. You can fill up your freshwater tank at select moorings along the canal for a small fee.
Waste from your trip is collected in a tank aboard your boat. This tank needs to be emptied at regular intervals, which can be done at select moorings along the canal.