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Paddling Guides to the Rideau Canal
You'll find several travel guides to the Rideau Canal. The most detailed are my full route and day paddling guides which include extensive paddling information, Points of Interest and detailed maps.
Watson's Paddling Guide to the Rideau Canal

This is a 173 page detailed guide to paddling the Rideau Canal. It contains a description of the entire route with 18 detailed route maps, plus maps of every lockstation showing the portage routes, and dozens of Points of Interest from Kingston to Ottawa.

If you plan to paddle all or part of the Rideau Canal - this guide is for you. It is available as a free PDF download:

 Watson's Paddling Guide to the Rideau Canal
The above is a link to a 9 Mb PDF file hosted on Dropbox. Clicking this link will open the PDF.

If you have any trouble downloading the PDF, send me an email and I'll provide you with an alternate download site.



Watson's Day/Weekend Paddling Guides
for the entire Rideau Canal

Each of these guides contains a 1:50,000 scale map (when printed at 8.5" x 11"). Adjacent maps overlap and so can be used for longer route paddling. The listing is sorted in geographic order, south to north.

Each listing also contains a link to a PDF file of the guide that can be downloaded and taken with you on your trip.

Note: Watson's Paddling Guide to the Rideau Canal (above) includes these 18 day/weekend guides.

Full Route Guides

Three full route guides provides information about travelling the entire length of the Rideau.

  • Watson's Paddling Guide to the Rideau Canal. The most comprehensive guide to paddling the Rideau Canal - see top of page.


  • Touring the Rideau - Paddling Routes (PDF file) - A paddler's guide to the Rideau Canal put together by the Rideau Heritage Route Tourism Association in 2009.


  • Paddling the Rideau Canal - A guide to canoeing/kayaking the Rideau, written by Don MacKay, a canalman with Parks Canada. Includes lots of great hints about paddling the Rideau as well as two travel guides.




MacKay Guides

Don MacKay of Parks Canada has created some interesting guides to various sections of the Rideau.
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