Rideau Heritage Route

The Rideau Heritage Route is a tourism region in Eastern Ontario that celebrates the beauty and historical importance of the Rideau River and Rideau Canal.  As the link between the Ottawa River and the St. Lawrence Seaway, the Rideau system has an important place in Ontario's history.  It curves slowly through many beautiful Ontario towns and villages, and offers scenic travels for boater and driver alike.

Explore the following feature articles for information about the River, the Canal and the surrounding land and its people.

Lock system of the Rideau Canal, Ontario, Canada

Rideau Canal acclaimed by National Geographic

The Rideau Canal has now gained a third major global designation.The Rideau Canal, a World Heritage Site, has been given a major acclamation by the National Geographic Society.

The National Geographic Society's Center for Sustainable Destinations has rated the Ottawa to Kingston Canal as second best in the world on the 2008 "Places Rated" Destination Stewardship survey.

A panel of 280 experts deemed the canal highly authentic, and one expert observed "very good harmony between the canal, managed surroundings at locks, and natural environment." -- news.nationalgeographic.com



UNESCO World Heritage Sites

In June of 2007, on the 175th anniversary of its creation, the Rideau Canal was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  This distinction, along with the fact that the surrounding region, the Frontenac Arch, is a Biosphere Reserve, means that this area has been given international recognition for its uniqueness both culturally and environmentally.Locks of the Rideau Canal


The Rideau River Waterway

Are you interested in a voyage through one of the most picturesque waterways in Ontario? If the answer is yes, you've found it in the Rideau Waterway. This beautiful route stretches 202 kilometres (125 miles) through a chain of lakes, rivers and canals, linking Canada's capital, Ottawa, to the historic city of Kingston on Lake Ontario.

A designated Canadian Heritage River and a World Heritage Site, the Rideau is the ideal destination whether you visit by boat, car, or bicycle. The locks on the Rideau operate today much as they did 170 years ago. The large wooden lock doors are opened and closed using hand cranks which are also used to let water in and out of the locks. Most of the stone blocks that you'll see are original to the 19th century.


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