Boating in the Greenbelt

Photo of a sailboat on the Ottawa River
Sailing by the Greenbelt
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In the Greenbelt, you can go boating in the Ottawa River and the Rideau Canal.

Shirleys Bay and the Ottawa River

Be dazzled by the scenery, quiet vistas and historic points along the Ottawa River. Shirleys Bay is a popular location for canoeing, kayaking and sailing. There is a public boat launch at Shirleys Bay. The launch is only suitable for small, shallow draught boats because of the shallow and rocky shoreline.

Facilities
Washrooms There is an universally accessible outhouse by the Shoreline Trail.
Parking Free, year-round parking is available at the P1 parking lot.
Picnic Areas There are sheltered and unsheltered picnic areas at the P1 parking lot by the Shoreline Trail.

Rideau Canal

The world famous Rideau Canal passes through the Greenbelt. The Rideau Canal is a popular spot for boating. The Black Rapids Lockstation, which is run by Parks Canada, is located by Southern Farm and Pinhey Forest.

Facilities
Washrooms There is an outhouse at the Black Rapids Lockstation.
Parking Paid parking is available.

For more information see the Greenbelt’s visitor information.