Welcome to the Rideau Heritage Route Tourism Association (RHRTA) website for industry partners - your valuable source of tourism news, marketing opportunities, research and resources. The RHRTA collaborates with local tourism partners to develop and deliver exciting, integrated, research-driven marketing programs that promote our world class travel destination.
From the Rideau System to Canada’s Mississippi, Lanark County is home to over 100 lakes, rivers and waterfalls. Coves and beaches speckle the landscape. After building the world-renowned Rideau Canal, Scottish stonemasons stayed to create some of the oldest and prettiest towns in Canada. Evidence of their craft is seen in over 140 designated heritage properties throughout the County, often by water’s edge. Bring your camera and capture our historically significant “Seven Wonders of Lanark County!”
Leeds Grenville offers world-renowned attractions of the St. Lawrence River and the 1000 Islands region, the historic Rideau Heritage Route Canal System, the Canadian Shield and the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve. The Rideau Canal and Frontenac Arch are both UNESCO sites. The1000 Islands and the St. Lawrence Seaway have gained international acclaim because of the natural beauty, scenic cruises with views of island castles, scuba diving and its historic relevance to the War of 1812.
The Great Waterway of South Eastern Ontario, so much more than you'd expect from a fall or winter getaway, and so close to home. Come experience charming and unique seasonal festivals, treat your taste buds with rich, locally grown food and feed your cultural side with a night out at the theatre.
Ontario’s Highlands is a scenic area that is rich in history and adventure. Navigate the historic Rideau system; a UNESCO World Heritage Site, challenge the mighty Ottawa and Madawaska rivers, considered the best whitewater east of the Rockies or dip your paddle along scores of canoeing and kayaking routes. Land a lunker on lakes where fishing is a year-round passion. Attend the Rockhound Gemboree in Bancroft, the mineral capital of Canada. Listen for the whispers of the past as you poke around Balaclava, a true ghost town. In Ontario’s Highlands, a wealth of exciting experiences awaits you!
Ottawa is blessed with an abundance of attractions that will enliven your visit no matter the time of year. Bask in the city’s wealth of historic landmarks — from the iconic Parliament Buildings to the Rideau Canal — all located within its downtown core; marvel at the architectural wonders that house national museums and galleries, before taking in their world-class exhibitions; and, soak in Ottawa’s natural beauty, the perfect backdrop for your next outdoor adventure. And round out those experiences with activities that will excite your kids during the day, food that will comfort or surprise (depending on your mood), and nightlife that sparkles.
Laced together by the sparkling St. Lawrence River, Rideau Canal, Bay of Quinte and Lake Ontario this region serves up all the ingredients for a perfect getaway. On its shores you’ll find fascinating history, quaint villages, inspiring art, live theatre, fishing and gastronomic delights. On its waters, enjoy world-class sailing and scuba diving, pristine beaches and leisurely cruises.
Make Gananoque and the 1000 Islands your waterfront destination and place to travel in Ontario. Visit a world-class tourism destination featuring 1000 island cruises, live theatre, casino, castles, fine dining, walking and museum tours. Embrace the outdoors with freshwater fishing, cycling, golfing, kayaking, boating, hiking and summer events.