The Rideau Canal- World Heritage Sites Tour
Canada's Newest UNESCO Site!
On June 28, 2007 the Rideau Canal , Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada, and the Kingston Fortifications became a UNESCO World Heritage Site .
This designation of the Rideau Canal, Fort Henry and the Kingston Fortifications represents the first World Heritage Site in Ontario and only the 14th in Canada.
Eastern Ontario communities along the Rideau Canal from Ottawa to Kingston will now join the world stage with other noteworthy cultural and natural heritage of outstanding universal value inscribed on the World Heritage List, including: The Galapagos Islands, in Ecuador, Machu Picchu, in Peru, Paris and the Banks of the Seine, the Acropolis, Stonehenge, and the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, in Canada.
- Three nights Ottawa
- One night Smith Falls
- Two nights Kingston
- Sightseeing and admissions as included in itinerary
- Meals as included in the itinerary
- Coach transportation Ottawa to Kingston & return
- Ottawa airport transfer on arrival
- Services of Tour Guide and special lecturers
- Air transporation from city of departure (quote provided prior to booking)
- Gratuities to tour guides or drivers (can be included in price upon request)
- Health, trip cancellation/interruption or baggage insurance: Recommended and available at very competitive rates from IGT
- Meals not itemized in itinerary
- Items of a personal nature (hotel extras, phone calls etc.)
- Items not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
The Rideau Canal, Ottawa to Kingston
Arrive Ottawa and be transferred to your centrally located hotel. Dine as a group this evening.
This morning we walk to Parliament Hill and take a tour of the Parliament Buildings and climb the Peace Tower ! We’ll take a short walk to The Byward Market and break for lunch. There are lots of restaurants, cafes, and market stalls where you can eat well. Try an Ottawa specialty, a “ Beaver Tail “, which is warmed flat bread covered with your choice of savory or sweet fillings.
We then walk across the Ottawa River bridge (with exceptional views back to Parliament Hill and Ottawa ) and spend the afternoon at the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
We begin our investigation of the Rideau Canal System with a visit to the northern terminus of the Canal , situated between Parliament and The Chateau Laurier Hotel. We’ll find out about the historical beginnings of The Canal so that we can better understand why the canal was built and why it was and still is considered to be one of the major engineering accomplishment of the 1800’s.
In recognition for it’s immense historical, architectural and geographic contribution to the development of Canada ,the Rideau Canal and the fortifications at Kingston (including Fort Henry ) have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.
We’ll break for lunch and then continue to The Canadian War Museum where we will spend the afternoon tracing the history of conflict within Canada and Canada’s military role in the world.
We leave Ottawa today and follow the path of the Canal to Smith Falls where we visit the Rideau Canal Museum and take a walking tour of the locks and see the impressive modern hydraulic system at the Smiths Falls' Combined Locks and compare them to the original 3-lift manual system built by Lt. Col. By in 1829.
We overnight in Smith Falls. Group dinner this evening.
We leave Smith Falls this morning and follow the Rideau Canal System with stops at several of the lock stations including Chaffey’s Locks, Jones Falls and Kingston Mills. We stop enroute for a picnic lunch.
We arrive in Kingston on the shores of Lake Ontario at the confluence of the St. Lawrence River ( southern terminus of the Canal) where we will stay for 2 nights.
This morning we take a city tour of Kingston including a stop at : Bellvue” , the home of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s 1st Prime Minister. After free time for lunch in downtown Kingston, we spend the afternoon at Fort Henry. The Fort was built at the same time as the Canal as part of the overall defensive actions taken against the threat of American invasion. A special group dinner tonight.
This morning we will transfer back to Ottawa ( approximately 2 hour drive ) returning to Ottawa airport for your flight home.
Note: This trip can also be operated in reverse, from Kingston to Ottawa