2013 Rideau Canal - Discover Day Tour
The Rideau Canal is a 126-mile / 202-km waterway connecting Lake Ontario's Kingston to Ottawa, our Nation's Capital. The waterway route was the creation of Britain's Lieutenant Colonel John By in the wake of the U.S. / Canada War of 1812 as a wartime supply route alternative to the international boundary of the St. Lawrence River. Its 47 locks, blockhouses and dams are considered one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century. UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) declared the Rideau Canal System a "World Heritage Site" in 2007.
Our Rideau Canal Kayak Tour concentrates on the routes most scenic 12-km stretch from historic Jones Falls to beautiful Chaffey's Locks!
Your adventure begins at the historic 60' high dam at Jones Falls, but not before first exploring this beautiful locations 4- lockstations, steeped in history. Along the way we will describe the workers' sacrifices and the difficulties engineers experienced while building this spectacular waterway.
As we pass our way through several small lakes, you will have a chance to watch the excitement of pleasure boaters passing through the old historic locks. Our leisurely paddle generally keeps us far away from the mainstream boat traffic as we remain in protected waters. The quaint and picturesque Davis Lock is the ideal place to stop to have lunch and use their facilities.
After a relaxing lunch and brief portage we continue kayaking across Opinicon Lake to our destination at Chaffey's Locks. As we load up boats & gear for the return shuttle to Jone's Falls, you're welcome to explore the charming and historic Chaffey's Locks to see the sights.
Note: Tours require a minimum of 6 participants and are run on an 'On-Demand' basis. Please Contact Us to arrange a time & date for your tour today!
"What better way to experience Ontario's history! Our Rideau Canal Tour with Frontenac Outfitters went beyond our wildest expectations - Woo Hoo!"
Mark Hyatt Ohio USA
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Frontenac Outfitters was created way back in 1984. Our vision rewards visitors with a vastly superior level of customer service, paddling expertise and an exhilarating 'on-water' experience.
Today, we have grown to become One of Canada's Largest, most respected, full-service Paddlesports shops. Our sincere objective is to introduce you to a fun, educational and environmentally responsible way to explore our waterways!