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Canada’s national river conservation program

From coast to coast to coast, Canadian Heritage Rivers offer visitors a chance to experience great waterways, learn about their rich history, and share in their stewardship. The Canadian Heritage Rivers System helps recognize and conserve these outstanding rivers that are an enduring part of our national heritage and identity.

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Water flowing over the stone arch overflow dam at Edmonds Lock on the Rideau Waterway.

Story Maps

Explore the natural, cultural and recreational heritage of our rivers through interactive maps. With just a click, you can learn more about the stories of the past and present!

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An aerial photo of the Three Cascades, a series of waterfalls on the Kazan River.

What are Heritage Rivers?

Canada’s 40 heritage rivers are recognized nationally for their outstanding natural, cultural and recreational heritage.

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CHRS Newsletter

Recollet Falls from the Water

The Thames River - Celebrating 20 years as a Canadian Heritage River!

7 Facts about the Thames River that will make you say ‘Huh, Interesting!’

Sunday, June 14th is Canadian Rivers Day!

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