Introducing Ontario’s Great Waterway. Laced together by the sparkling St Lawrence River, Rideau Canal, Bay of Quinte and Lake Ontario, this stunning region serves up all the ingredients for a perfect getaway. On its shores you’ll find fascinating history, quaint villages, inspiring art, live theatre and gastronomic delights at every turn. On its waters, enjoy world class sailing, scuba diving, pristine beaches and leisurely cruises. Our destination is close enough to home to be a relaxing weekend break from hectic city life.
Steeped in history, The Great Waterway offers something new for you to explore and enjoy. Inspired by the original Mohawk name ‘’Kaniatarowanenneh’ (big water), this beautiful stretch of Ontario is entirely linked by water – from Cornwall on the St Lawrence to Lake Ontario’s Kingston and on to Belleville on the Bay of Quinte. In between, The Great Waterway is dotted by the Rideau Lakes and winds its way north along the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rideau Heritage Route.
As you make your way along The Great Waterway, you can relax and go with the flow. Hop in the car and choose the scenic route, strap on your hiking boots and take in some fresh air, or set sail and enjoy the wind in your hair. No matter how you choose to explore it – The Great Waterway offers some of the best places to visit in Ontario.
Exploring. In every sense.