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Rideau Canal Staged Opening

The Rideau Canal will be opened in stages, starting with Poonamalie to Upper Brewers (Narrows, Newboro, Chaffeys Davis & Jones Falls are open) on May 26. For up to date information on which locks are open please see: www.pc.gc.ca


Free Lockage in 2017

To help celebrate Canada's 150th birthday, Parks Canada will be providing free lockage on the Rideau Canal (and the other historic canals that they administer).

Go to the Parks Canada Lockpass Order Page and click on the image for the lockpass at the bottom of that page.

2017 Fees and Schedules


In this section you can check Parks Canada's 2017 Hours of Operation for the locks, its Locking and Mooring Fees, its Boat Launching and Parking Fees and the Rideau Canal office Contact Information.


2017 Hours of Operation

DatesDaysHours
May 26 - June 25 Monday - Thursday10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  Friday to Sunday, holidays  9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
   
June 26 - Sept. 4 Monday to Thursday  9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  Friday to Sunday, holidays  9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
   
September 5 - October 9Monday - Friday10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 Saturday to Sunday & Thanksgiving  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Caveats:

  • Times of the first and last lockages of the day, particularly at lockstations with multiple locks, are not guaranteed. They are often affected by heavy boat traffic, water management and other station opening and closing duties of the lock staff.
  • To maximize chances of being locked through late in the day during regular hours, arrive early enough to allow for complete lockages in both directions.
Last Lockage
  • At a lockstation with one lock chamber, boaters must arrive at least 30 minutes before closing.
  • At lockstations with two lock chambers, boaters must arrive at least one hour before closing.
  • At lockstations with three lock chambers, boaters must arrive at least 1.5 hours before closing.
  • At lockstations with four lock chambers, boaters must arrive at least two hours before closing.
  • At Ottawa Locks, boaters must arrive at least 3.5 hours before closing.
  • At swing bridges, boaters must arrive 20 minutes before closing.

Bridge Schedules

Most swing/lift bridges operate on an "on-demand" schedule. However, in some areas, a more rigid schedule is kept:

  • Ottawa: swing/lift bridges (i.e. Pretoria and Hog's Back) remain closed during rush hour traffic from Monday to Friday; 8:30-9:00 am, 12:30-1:15 pm, and 3:30-5:30 pm.

  • Smiths Falls Bridge, operated on-demand except from June 23 to August 15, when it swings (opens) at 9:30, 10:15, 11:00, and 11:45 am. It operates on-demand after 1:00 pm.

  • Perth's Beckwith Street Bridge swings on demand (check with Beveridges lock staff first)

  • Kingston's Bascule Bridge open from 6 am to 10 pm and swings hour on the hour except for 8, 12, 4, 5 o'clock on weekdays.

  • Brass Point: this is operated by Parks Canada on exactly the same schedule as the locks (see "Hours of Operation" above).


2017 Lockage, Mooring and Camping Fees (HST included)
(2016 fees are in effect until March 31, 2017)
Note: all figures are in $Canadian.

Type of Permit
2016 Rates
2017 Rates1
Single Lockage and Return$0.90/ft free
One Day Lockage$1.60/ft free
Six Day*$5.05/ft free
Transit (one way)$4.65/ftfree
Seasonal Lockage$8.80/ftfree
Overnight Mooring (incl. Day Mooring)$0.90/ft$0.90/ft
Colonel By Island Day Mooring$0.40/ft$0.40/ft
Seasonal Mooring$9.80/ft$9.80/ft
Power (per 24 hrs)**$9.80 per night$9.80 per night
Camping$4.90 per person4.90 per person
oTENTiks$100 per night$100 per night

1 All lockage will be free for the 2017 navigation season.

* Allows passage through any number of locks on any six days.

** Power is only available at selected lockstations, see the lockstation services chart.

Note: these fees apply to the Rideau Waterway, Trent-Severn Waterway and Sault Ste. Marie Canals. In addition, the six day permits and seasonal lockage and mooring permits are valid for all the canals run by Parks Canada in Ontario and Quebec (i.e. with a single season permit you could traverse all those canals).

A minimum 12 foot vessel length charge will be made for boats 12 feet and under.

Purchase of a mooring permit includes one free camping site.

Permits are valid only during the year of issue and are not transferable or refundable.

Boaters are limited to 2 nights (48hrs) mooring at a lockstation - extensions are available at the discretion of the lockmaster. Vessels having reached the maximum stay cannot return to the same wharf or wall for 24 hours, unless otherwise directed by the lock staff.


Purchasing a Lock Pass

A Seasonal or 6-Day Lock Pass and/or a Seasonal Mooring Permit may be purchased:
  • By mail or telephone through the Parks Canada National Information Service (call 1-888-773-8888)


  • Online via the Parks Canada Sales Site

All types of lockpass (seasonal, 6-day, transit, one day, single lockage) and mooring permits may be purchased:
  • At any Rideau lockstation during the navigation season.
Payment at a lockstation can be made by VISA, Mastercard, Amex, personal cheque or cash.



Boat Launching and Parking

Boat Launching
Per Launch (includes parking where applicable) $9.80
Season boat launching at Hogs Back, Poonamalie, Smiths Falls Detached,
Edmunds and Beveridges Lockstations
$98.10

Parking
(only fee parking is listed, other locks are free)
Lockstation Hourly Daily Seasonal
Hogs Back -- $4.00 --
Hartwells $1.00 $4.00 $417 (winter)
Black Rapids $1.00 $4.00 ---
Long Island $1.00 $4.00 ---
Merrickville $1.00 $4.00 ---
Newboro --- $1.50
(Township)
$147.00 (Township)
Kingston Mills $1.00 $3.00 ---


For more information contact:
Rideau Canal Office
34 Beckwith St. South,
Smiths Falls, Ontario K7A 2A8
Tel: 613-283-5170
Toll Free: 1-888-773-8888
(Parks Canada Call Centre - North America only)
Fax: 613-283-0677
email: RideauCanal-info@pc.gc.ca






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