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Open House: Rideau Canal Management Plan

  • Chaffey's Locks Community Hall 1661 Chaffeys Lock Road Elgin, ON, K0G 1E0 Canada (map)

Adapted From Parks Canada Invitation:

Parks Canada has embarked on management planning for the Rideau Canal and requests your participation in this important initiative.  Management planning is a process undertaken to set out, and periodically reassess, the strategic management direction of a National Historic Site. This process helps to ensure Parks Canada delivers on its commitments to heritage places on behalf of Canadians. It also provides an opportunity for Indigenous peoples, residents, boaters, visitors and all types of partners to voice their ideas and thoughts.

As a knowledgeable party with a vested interest in the Rideau Canal and its prosperity, your participation in this planning process is crucial to its success. Over the course of the 2016 navigation season, Parks Canada will coordinate numerous opportunities for engagement with the intent that all parties have multiple chances to be heard.

Details of these engagements will be provided through regular updates and through the Rideau Canal website at

In addition, there will be four Open House meetings in June where stakeholders and the general public will be able to provide input. These meetings are scheduled for:

Ottawa — Dow’s Lake Pavilion, Monday, June 20 from 4-9 p.m.
Smiths Falls — Parks Canada Woods Mill Complex, Wednesday, June 22 from 4-9 p.m. Chaffey’s Lock — Community Hall, Monday, June 27 at the from 4-9 p.m.
Kingston City Hall — Memorial Hall, Thursday, June 30 from 4-9 p.m.

You are also invited to share any feedback you have about the Rideau Canal by sending an e-mail to

Parks Canada wants you to see yourself/your organization in this process and the resulting new management plan. This will be your opportunity to provide input and help shape the future of the Rideau Canal National Historic Site and UNESCO World Heritage Site.