It’s easy to launch canoes and kayaks at any of the locks on the Rideau Canal but there are other options you may want to consider.
Grenville Street Bridge, Burrits Rapids Road
Location: Between Lower Nicholson and Burrits Rapids Locks.
Co-ordinates (Google maps): 44.98004, -75.79563
Kayak/Canoe Launch: An old boat launch that is now blocked by easily used by kayaks and canoes.
Parking: Gravel parking next to the bridge on the Burrits Rapids Road side.
Picnic/BBQ: Picnic site on the opposite side of the bridge from the parking area.
Lower Reach Park, Smiths Falls
Location: Queen Street, Highway 43, turn on to Old Slys Road and cross the bridge over the canal. Parking is on the right-hand side.
Co-ordinates (Google maps): 44.89176, -76.00800
Kayak/Canoe Launch: Easy launching site onto the Rideau Canal and right next to the parking area.
Parking: Large gravel parking lot.
Picnic/BBQ: Plenty of space to picnic but no dedicated facilities.
Walks/Hikes/Attractions: Cross the road to Smiths Falls Heritage House or follow the Smiths Falls Heritage Trail alongside the Rideau Canal and walk up to the main set of canal locks in the middle of Smiths Falls. You’re also within easy walking distance for Slys Lock.