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With a length of 202 km (125 miles), the Rideau Canal Waterway (a.k.a. the Rideau Canal and the Rideau Waterway)
connects Lake Ontario at Kingston, Ontario, Canada with the Ottawa River at Ottawa, Ontario - Canada’s capital city.
A chain of lakes, rivers, and manmade channels comprise the waterway.
Upper Rideau Lake, near Smiths Falls, is the highest point along the waterway. From there, the water flows both
northeast in the Rideau River toward Ottawa and southwest in the Cataraqui River toward Kingston.
Opened in 1832, the Rideau Canal Waterway is the oldest continuously operated canal system in North America and
is a National Historic Site of Canada and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I consider myself fortunate to now live
just across a road from it.