This year wil be a shortened route -- starting in Merrickville on August 17, 2023. This map shows our travel route via the Rideau Canal. The Rideau Canal spans 202 km between Kingston and Ottawa.
The Rideau Canal is a chain of lakes, rivers and canal cuts. It was conceived in the wake of the war of 1812, and it was to be a war time supply route to Kingston and the Great Lakes.
Completed in 1832, the Rideau Canal was one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th. century. In 2007 the Rideau Canal was designated as a World Heritage Site.