If you look closely today, you can still see rows of planted spruce and pine trees which were planted in the 40s. The park was designated as a provincial park in 1963. Today, it protects 98 hectares of land including significant shoreline vegetation, wetlands, and forests. Its location on the Rideau River is part of the Rideau Canal and is just 30 minutes away from the nation’s capital.
When the park first opened, camping fees were $1.00 per night, $0.50 for a daily vehicle permit and $3.00 for an annual permit.
The park is now in its 50th year and recently celebrated this milestone with a large community event with a nod to its past. The celebrations included voyageur canoe trips, demonstrations by the Conservation Officers Canine Unit, Celtic music, a fishing derby and programming by park naturalists.
Rideau River features excellent camping facilities, sandy beaches, a fitness trail, and excellent canoeing and kayaking opportunities on the historic Rideau Canal. It’s also a great place to stay to explore nearby Ottawa-only 30 minutes away!