|History and Geography of the Rideau River|
A Canadian Heritage River
In August 2000, the Rideau Canal Waterway was officially designated a Canadian Heritage River, culminating four years of work by approximately 100 environmental, municipal, historical and other organizations.
As part of the Canal, the Rideau River thus joins an elite group of some 40 Canadian rivers, recognized for their great historic, ecological or recreational value. 
With this designation, the Canadian government has emphasized its commitment to preserving the unique historic character of the Rideau Canal Waterway.
"Travelling the waterway is like going back in time. Almost everything is still as it was. The buildings have been preserved and almost all the locks are still manually operated, as they were in the old days," notes Charles Billington, Communications Director of the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority. This is one of the groups that spearheaded the effort to have the waterway given heritage designation.
The Rideau River Biodiversity Project helped to bring about this designation by demonstrating the rich biodiversity of the Rideau River and its generally good state of health.
Various organizations, including the Rideau River Roundtable, are continuing the work of preserving the quality of this newly designated Heritage River for future generations.Find out more about Canada's Heritage Rivers at
|Last Update: 2007-05-18|
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