A boater’s paradise

Glide past 1,000 kilometres of shoreline. Swim at a sandy beach. Cast a fishing line from a rocky outcrop. Watch ospreys soar and herons wade. Day-trip or linger a week or longer travelling the canal’s length through the Rideau Lakes: canoeists and kayakers have more downstream and the wind at their backs heading from Kingston towards Ottawa. Arrive at a 19th century lock to see the lockmaster crank winches to open and close the massive lock gates by hand. Chat with boaters bobbing alongside, awaiting a lift or lower to the journey’s next level. Pitch a tent at lockstations where low portage docks make it easy to get in and out of your craft. Don’t have your own boat? Rent anything from kayaks and canoes to power and houseboats – passing through the locks is easy and fun.