Rideau Heritage Route

Rideau Heritage Route

Planning a cross-province adventure? Check out the Ontario Parks Driving Routes.

This route offers a compelling alternative to busy main highways.

The route crosses the scenic landscape of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere, a granite bridge that connects the Canadian Shield and the Adirondack Mountains. The Rideau Heritage Route offers a range of interesting communities with small town architecture and artisan shops.

The cultural heritage of the waterway itself is an engineering marvel and designated a UNESCO World Heritage. The canal and lock stations, many with picnic facilities, are maintained by Parks Canada.

Rideau Heritage route

The range of walking and exploring opportunities are enhanced by several Ontario Parks along the way.

Parks you’ll want to explore en route:*

Murphys Point Provincial Park

OWASCO Motorhomes set up on site with picnic table and awning set up.

Located on Big Rideau Lake (part of the Rideau Canal UNESCO World Heritage Site), the natural beauty of the park makes it the perfect place to stop. The park also offers regularly scheduled tours into the Silver Queen Mine – an early 20th-century mica mine.

Rideau River Provincial Park

RideauRiver paddlers

Rideau River is an excellent basecamp for campers and RVers to explore the City of Ottawa (only 40 minutes away!). Explore the waters of the Rideau by canoe or motorboat; perhaps fish for muskie or bass

Charleston Lake Provincial Park

couple on bridge

Located just off of Hwy 401, Charleston Lake is a long-time favourite spot for outdoor recreational pursuits and camping.

Frontenac Provincial Park


Open year-round for backcountry camping, Frontenac also boasts 100 km of hiking trails. Stretch your legs on a trail, or take a wilderness skills course (calendar).

For more information on this route, click here.

*check park opening and closing dates to ensure availability.