Welcome to Rideau Canal
There are numerous exciting sailing areas and a large number of boats to choose from, and to fit any holiday budget and crew size - it is an experience for all ages - young and old - a family trip - a trip with friends or for three generations. Discover Europe's most beautiful lakes, rivers, and canals from the sun deck of the boat, while the landscape slowly pans past you. Enjoy an adventure in a relaxing atmosphere or a gourmet journey or historic surroundings - we guarantee an unforgettable experience.
Stop when (and where) you will (and for as long as you like) - it is glorious on a boating vacation! Enjoy an impromptu visit to a wine chateau/Chauteau, shop at the local colourful market, visit a medieval village, makes a stop at the shore for a picnic in the countryside, explore the area on rented bikes - these are just a few examples of what you can expect of a boat vacation. Sailing through the locks is a fun part of the holiday and allows everyone to get involved. Once you've gotten through the first gate, you will soon find out that it is not so difficult. Most locks are automatic or operated by the lock operator. Often you can buy local products directly from him, and share tips and experiences with others sailing. As the day draws to a close it's time to moor - either at a dock/marina or along the shore and enjoy the sunset from the sun deck.
Inspiration and practical information
The waterway guide assists you in planning your route and deciding on where to stop and where to eat. Make the most of your boat trip and use the waterway guide to choose the best route based on your criteria’s. The guide is great for calculating distances and number of locks on your route. Moreover, the guide contains helpful information about opening hours, speed limits, signals, locks, useful phone numbers, and addresses for tourist offices. Use the waterway guide as guidance before and during your trip, and use it as a reference book to look for inspiration to local museums and markets. A copy of the waterway guide is also to be found on the boat.
Locks on the Rideau Canal are open 9:00 am to 6:00 pm in the summer – and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in the spring and autumn.
Note: All boat trips are to start and end in Smiths Falls!