The Rideau Canal is due to open to navigation on May 20, 2022. Seasonal permits, including canoes and kayaks, are now available with significant discounts if purchased before March 31, 2022.
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Lock Number(s)/Flights: #21
Lock Lift metres (feet): 2.6 (8.7)
Lock Number(s)/Flights: #22
Lock Lift metres (feet): 3.0 (10.0)
Lock Number(s)/Flights: #23
Lock Lift metres (feet): 2.0 (6.2)
Co-ordinates (Google maps): 44.91700, -75.83525
Civic Address: 111A Main Street East, Merrickville-Wolford, Ontario
Lock Station Phone: 613-269-4787
Portage: Yes, but you’ll probably find it a challenge and you do have to cross a busy road.
Boat launch: No
Kayak/Canoe Launch: Yes
Previous Lock(Distance): Clowes Lock (3.5 km)
Next Lock (Distance): Kilmarnock Lock -(12.7 km)
Parking: Yes (free), but this town can get very busy with tourists.
Camping: Yes ($), if arriving by water and also for cyclists and hikers.
BBQ/Picnic Tables: Picnic tables, no BBQs
Power Supply: Nothing dedicated but you can charge electronics in the washrooms (not secure)
Potable (Drinking) Water: Yes, but do check with the lockmaster.
Public Telephone: Yes, nearby in the town
Local Supplies: Yes, Merrickville is a busy town with plenty of options.
Hiking Trails: Yes
Cell Phone Reception
There’s not a lot of parking near the canal in Merrickville. If you are planning a canoe or kayak trip you might want to park at Clowes or Kilmarnock and paddle in.