Long hours and two free lockage days mark the start of summer on the Rideau Canal

Rideau Canal in Smiths Falls
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Posted on: June 21, 2018

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Parks Canada announces that the Rideau Canal’s summer hours will begin this coming Friday, June 22nd at all lock stations between Ottawa and Kingston. Lock staff will welcome boaters and land-based visitors from Monday to Thursday between 9 am and 6 pm and on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays between 9 am and 7 pm.

2018 is the perfect time to experience the rich heritage and natural beauty of this Canadian National Historic Site and we continue to improve our visitor offering by developing new and innovative programs, improved facilities and expanded services.

This season, visitors to the canal can take advantage of two free lockage days. This coming weekend, on Sunday, June 24th all boaters can enjoy free lockage as a “thank you” for a great 2017 Season and on July 1st free lockage will be provided in celebration of Canada Day.

Paddlers can still take advantage of a 50% discount on seasonal lockage permits for canoes and kayaks. The lockage permit is valid for the entire navigation season and provides passage through all of Parks Canada’s historic canals.

For more information about the Rideau Canal, visit www.parkscanada.gc.ca/rideau, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @RideauCanalNHS

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