Guide to Merrickville Locks – Rideau Canal

Lock Station Dates & Hours: the system usually opens around the Victoria Day weekend at the end of May and closes around the Canadian Thanksgiving in early October. The last day of operation for 2021 is 11th October. Lock hours vary with season and can be viewed on the official Rideau Canal site.

General Information

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

Washrooms: Yes

Power Supply: Nothing dedicated but you can charge electronics in the washrooms (not secure)

Garbage/Recycling: Yes

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.

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