Locks 1 to 8 - Rideau Canal - Ottawa, Ontario
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Quick Description: This replica of the Rideau Canal's locks 1 to 8 is located in front of the Bytown Museum and less than 5 meters away from the Rideau Canal, in Ottawa, Ontario.
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 8/25/2012 8:01:30 PM
Waymark Code: WMF5AC
The source for the following information is from a Wikipedia article that can be read here in its entirety: (visit link
"The Rideau Canal (French: Canal Rideau), also known as the Rideau Waterway, connects the city of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on the Ottawa River to the city of Kingston, Ontario, on Lake Ontario. The name Rideau, French for "curtain," is derived from the curtain-like appearance of the Rideau River's twin waterfalls where they join the Ottawa River. The canal was opened in 1832 as a precaution in case of war with the United States and is still in use today, with most of its original structures intact. The canal system uses sections of major rivers, including the Rideau and the Cataraqui, as well as some lakes. It is the oldest continuously operated canal system in North America, and in 2007 it was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site."
The magnificent flight of 8 locks at Ottawa is framed by Canada's Parliament buildings on one side and the impressive Chateau Laurier hotel on the other. This is the largest single set of locks on the entire Rideau system, providing a lift of 24 m. In all, there are 47 locks along the Rideau Canal.
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The following information from a Parks Canada article is available here: (visit link
"The Ottawa Locks are the northern entrance to the Rideau Canal. A number of rapids and falls along the Rideau River between Hogs Back and the mouth of the river forced Colonel By to construct a bypass of 5 1/4 miles of artifical channel. Three lock groups (Hogs Back, Hartwells and Ottawa) lower the boat 115 feet from the dam at Hogs Back to the level of the Ottawa River. In September of 1826 By chose the natural ravine where the present day Ottawa Locks are situated as the northern gateway to the canal. With this decision, the community that is present-day Ottawa was established. Hull by this date was a prosperous logging town but there was little settlement on the southern side of the Ottawa River. Once construction on the canal started, land was cleared and the development of Bytown began."