Rideau Falls

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The Rideau Falls
Rideau Falls in their original state, 1826

The Rideau Falls (French: Chutes de la rivière Rideau) are two 11-metre waterfalls located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, where the Rideau River empties into the Ottawa River.[1][2] The falls are divided by Green Island, with Ottawa's Old City Hall just to the south. To the west of the falls is the headquarters of the National Research Council while to the east are the Canada and the World Pavilion and the French Embassy. Samuel de Champlain described the falls as "...a marvelous fall...it descends a height of twenty or twenty-five fathoms with such impetuosity that it makes an arch nearly four hundred paces broad."[3] The falls were named by the early French for their resemblance to a curtain, or rideau in French. The Rideau River was later named after the falls. The Rideau Canal was constructed to bypass these falls and the Hog's Back Falls.


  1. ^ "Rideau Falls". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada.
  2. ^ Nadeau, Sophie (July 15, 2020). "How to visit Rideau Falls in Rideau Falls Park, Ottawa". Solosophie. Retrieved September 20, 2021.
  3. ^ Champlain, Samuel de (2005). Voyages of Samuel de Champlain 1604-1618 : with a map and two plans / edited by W.L. Grant.

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Coordinates: 45°26′29″N 75°41′46″W / 45.441405°N 75.69623°W / 45.441405; -75.69623