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Paddling the Rideau Canal


Paddling the Rideau Canal, whether by canoe, kayak or other muscle driven conveyance, is a great low impact way to travel along this historic waterway. It also affords the best opportunity for quiet wildlife viewing. The Rideau Canal is ideally suited to paddling with lots of access points, lots of camping areas (most of the lockstations plus private and public campgrounds), easy access to supplies and easy access to help. The landscapes along the Rideau are varied; natural, rural and urban. Whether you like viewing loons and turtles and/or the architecture of boathouses and cottages, the Rideau has something for everyone.



Full Route Guide

This is a 168 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. Clicking this link will open the PDF.

You can also just right mouse click the above link and use "Save Target As" to send the PDF directly to your computer.

This guide is being distributed as donationware. The guide is freely downloadable and if you find it useful, please come back here and make a donation:

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Friends of the Rideau
P.O. Box 1232, Stn. Main
Smiths Falls, ON, K7A 5C7
Canada

Day/Weekend Guides

For those just wishing to head out for a day or weekend, the following individual guides are for you. Each contains a detailed map that can be used for route planning. Each guide is presented as a web page so that you can quickly browse and find the spot you want to paddle. Then you can download a PDF file of the guide (links to the PDFs in each section).

Note: the information in this section has been taken, with permission, from the paddling section on Ken Watson's Rideau website at www.rideau-info.com/canal/paddling/

and

Fauna of the Rideau
a mini-guide to the wildlife you might see on your Rideau journey
and

Geology of the Rideau
a short history of the geology of the Rideau region





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