Safety Advisory

March 13, 2023

The NCC reminds the public that it is dangerous to venture onto the surface of the Rideau Canal.

The ice layer on the surface of the canal is melting and may hide serious hazards. The water level beneath the ice varies from approximately one metre (three feet) to 4.3 metres (14 feet) deep along the length of the canal, from downtown Ottawa (Rideau) to Dows Lake.

The NCC urges the public to respect the red flags, barricades and signs installed at access points.

Rideau Canal spring operations to begin on March 13

Parks Canada has begun routine springtime operations on Monday, March 13, 2023, by lowering water levels under the ice. These operations will likely result in changes to the ice surface. The public is asked to stay safe by staying off the ice, and to always exercise caution in and around the canal and lockstation areas.

Media information

Maryam El-Akhrass  
NCC Media Relations