Rideau Canal: The Next Ten Years

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Please note:
This site is now closed to comments and submissions. You may still continue to download and review documents. We will update this site shortly with what we heard from you.



Welcome to the conversation!

Parks Canada has created this space for you to share your feedback on a new draft management plan for the Rideau Canal National Historic Site and Merrickville Blockhouse National Historic Site. Your input and suggestions will shape the way we protect and present these special places over the coming years.

From January 25 - May 14, we're asking the public to read our Draft Management Plan and share their feedback with us.

  • What is a top priority for you as a visitor / resident / business owner?
  • What role do you think Parks Canada can have in managing the canal?
  • What do you imagine this plan looks like in action?

How to participate

  1. Read the Draft Management Plan
  2. Register to Comment and Post
  3. Contribute with tools designed to help us evaluate the plan, and add your ideas for putting the plan into action

About Management Planning
Management planning is a process undertaken to set out, and periodically assess, the strategic management direction of a national historic site. Management plans are important documents that communicate a site’s long term vision and outline key strategies to achieve management goals. This process helps to ensure Parks Canada delivers on its commitments to heritage places on behalf of Canadians. It also provides an opportunity for Indigenous peoples, residents, boaters, visitors and all types of stakeholders to share their ideas and thoughts.

Thank you!
Your feedback is important to Parks Canada and will go a long way towards shaping the Rideau Canal National Historic Site Management Plan for the next 10 years. We appreciate you taking the time to provide your feedback on this draft management plan. Please feel free to share this website with others who may have an interest in the Rideau Canal. Be sure to check back often for new Surveys or Ideas topics. (open until May 14, 2021)


Please note:
This site is now closed to comments and submissions. You may still continue to download and review documents. We will update this site shortly with what we heard from you.



Welcome to the conversation!

Parks Canada has created this space for you to share your feedback on a new draft management plan for the Rideau Canal National Historic Site and Merrickville Blockhouse National Historic Site. Your input and suggestions will shape the way we protect and present these special places over the coming years.

From January 25 - May 14, we're asking the public to read our Draft Management Plan and share their feedback with us.

  • What is a top priority for you as a visitor / resident / business owner?
  • What role do you think Parks Canada can have in managing the canal?
  • What do you imagine this plan looks like in action?

How to participate

  1. Read the Draft Management Plan
  2. Register to Comment and Post
  3. Contribute with tools designed to help us evaluate the plan, and add your ideas for putting the plan into action

About Management Planning
Management planning is a process undertaken to set out, and periodically assess, the strategic management direction of a national historic site. Management plans are important documents that communicate a site’s long term vision and outline key strategies to achieve management goals. This process helps to ensure Parks Canada delivers on its commitments to heritage places on behalf of Canadians. It also provides an opportunity for Indigenous peoples, residents, boaters, visitors and all types of stakeholders to share their ideas and thoughts.

Thank you!
Your feedback is important to Parks Canada and will go a long way towards shaping the Rideau Canal National Historic Site Management Plan for the next 10 years. We appreciate you taking the time to provide your feedback on this draft management plan. Please feel free to share this website with others who may have an interest in the Rideau Canal. Be sure to check back often for new Surveys or Ideas topics. (open until May 14, 2021)


Tell us a story!

Share an experience you had while visiting the Rideau Canal National Historic Site, or a story from another place, that you think would help us plan for the next 10 years.

Thank you for sharing a story with us.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

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    Hospitality

    by Jack, about 2 months ago
    I was paddling the canal last fall and had stopped at Lower Brewers Lock for the night. I was setting up my tent, when a staffer came across the lock, walked past me, went to a nearby storage shed and unlocked the door. He went inside. A minute later he emerged, locked up, and walked over to me.

    "I turned on the power in the shed," he said, "so that you can use the outlet on the outside wall to recharge your electronics."

    I thanked him for his thoughtfulness and said to myself, "I like the Rideau Canal."

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    Finding the Cemetery

    by Jack, about 2 months ago

    I was paddling the length of the canal last fall and arrived at Upper Nicholsons Lock. I had been reading Ken Watson's guide and wanted to visit the old cemetery where rest the remains of workers who built the canal. I asked a staffer how to get to the cemetery. He didn't know. He had never been to the cemetery. He had to go off and look for a pamphlet.

    I found it surprising that this individual, working at an historic place, speaking with visitors, had never been to a very special bit of history associated with his lock and... Continue reading

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    2020: Year of Covid

    by Diane Haskins, 3 months ago

    2020 the Year of Covid gave me a new appreciation of the pleasures offered at of the Rideau Canal lock stations. Because of the unavailability of normal meeting locations my two sisters and I opted to meet every two weeks for a picnic, choosing as our locations the various Rideau Canal sites. Each occasion meant a different setting, allowing us the opportunity to experience the diversity of this magnificent system. To a large extent these oases of tranquillity were overlooked by other open air seekers; thus we had this special part of the world almost exclusively to ourselves and were... Continue reading

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    A better way to cross the canal

    by marc95596, 4 months ago

    In the summer of 2021, I started biking to work from the west end of Ottawa to the Byward market. I would take the Ottawa River pathway which offers breathtaking views of the city.

    On my way to the market, I had to make a stop at the rideau canal in order to cross and continue my commute. In order to cross the canal at lock station 1-8, the only option available is by walking on top of the lock itself (see picture).


    I started thinking about the numerous challenges that this represents. To begin, the steps at each... Continue reading