Ken Watson, Author

EVENT DATE: May 13, 2010
TOPIC: The Rideau Route

Ken Watson, author and member of Friends of the Rideau,  was the Canadian Club of Kingston’s speaker at its luncheon meeting on Thursday, May 13.  He spoke about “The Rideau Route.”   The luncheon was held at Minos Uptown Village Restaurant, 2762 Princess Street, Kingston.

Ken Watson worked as a geologist in the Yukon and northern Ontario before moving to the Rideau area in 1995.  He is a renowned expert on the Rideau Canal.  He has developed an amazing website on the Canal ( and published two books: A History of the Rideau Lockstations, 2000; and The Rideau Route: Exploring the Pre-Canal Waterway, 2007.  He is publishing a new book this year: “Tales of the Rideau.” 

Ken is a director of Friends of the Rideau ( and The Delta Mill Society (  He volunteers with various other heritage organizations, including the Rideau Canal Museum, Kingston Historical Society, Rideau Heritage Network, Chaffey’s Lock and Area Heritage Society, Merrickville and District Historical Society, and Canadian Canal Society.  He lives beside the Rideau Canal Waterway with his wife Pat and dog Tika.