The South Wind Brigade starts at the historic city of Kingston on Lake Ontario and proceeds north following the Rideau Canal World Heritage Site 202 km to the City of Ottawa. The final leg will leave the north end of the Ottawa Locks on the Ottawa River and follow the river upstream a short distance (less than one kilometre) to Victoria Island. The trip will be done at a leisurely pace, allowing time to stop at communities and lock stations along this scenic and historic route. The oldest functioning canal in North America, still hand-operated by its distinctive ‘crab’ winches, sheltered narrow lakes connected by short sections of canal and river, world-class scenery, vintage hotels and restaurants for those who prefer more ‘glamorous’ paddling….a perfect melding of wildness and culture.
Our vision – to fill the Rideau Canal in Ottawa with human-powered watercraft making their way through Canada’s Capital City…a Canada Day to remember.