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Ongoing Activities

Love Locks
  • All Weekend

  • Created by Monique Martin, Love Locks are an installation of love and commitment, presented each year at the Rideau Canal Festival.

  • Locks at the Rideau Canal Festival are a symbol of:

    Locking your love to the Canal

    Locking your memories of a visit to the Canal

    Locking your appreciation for the heritage of the canal and the people that came before us

    Locking your commitment to protect and preserve the Canal – A UNESCO World Heritage Site

UNESCO World Heritage Photography Exhibition
  • All Weekend

  • Spectacular photographs of over 55 UNESCO World Heritage Sites are on display at the Rideau Canal Festival.

Friends of the Rideau Boutique
  • All Weekend

  • Friends of the Rideau are a group of volunteers working in co-operation with Parks Canada to enhance and conserve the heritage and charm of the Rideau Waterway. There will be Friends of the Rideau Boutique at the Rideau Canal Festival with Rideau themed books and memorabilia for sale as well as providing the opportunity to talk with experts on the history of the Canal.

Parks Canada Heritage Animation
  • All Weekend

  • The heritage animation presented each year by Parks Canada the 1812 Troop who perform interactive marching drills and musket firing demonstrations, and the blacksmith and gate shop who demonstrate some of the skills that were required to construct the canal.

Colonel By Bistro [Licensed]
  • All Weekend

  • Come out and enjoy the great summer weather and visit the Colonel By Bistro for a refreshing beverage at our exciting licensed area!

Bytown Market [Food Market]
  • All Weekend

  • Strata Pizza: Ottawa’s latest wood-fired pizza!

  • Relishtruck: The latest gourmet food truck to hit the Ottawa streets

  • Stonesouptruck: Organic, clean, fresh! Stone Soup Foodworks serves great local and sustainable tacos, soups, sandwiches, and great treats from their converted chip truck.

Colonel By Stage
Rideau Heritage Stage