Rideau Canal - Ottawa, Ontario
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Weathervane
N 45° 25.487 W 075° 41.713
18T E 445612 N 5030375
Quick Description: The Rideau Canal, completed in 1832, links the Ottawa River in Ottawa to Lake Ontario in Kingston.
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 5/28/2021 1:17:57 PM
Waymark Code: WM14A6D
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
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Long Description:
"Built between 1826 and 1832, the Rideau Canal is the best-preserved, fully operational example from North America's great canal-building era. Lieutenant-Colonel John By's innovative design was based on a "slackwater" system that linked lakes and rivers on a scale unprecedented in North America. The result was one of the first canals in the world engineered for steam-powered vessels. Its construction though more than 200 kilometres of bush, swamps, and lakes was a monumental feat. Each year, as many as 5,000 workers, mainly Irish immigrants and French Canadians, toiled under the supervision of civil contractors and the Royal Engineers. Working in extremely difficult conditions they endured injury and disease, and hundreds died. This fortified waterway was intended as a safe military supply route between Montréal and Lake Ontario by providing an alternative to the St. Lawrence River. It chiefly served as a key artery for moving goods and people until the 1850s and became a popular recreational destination in the 20th century. The Rideau Canal was inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2007."

Reference: (visit link)
The "Official Tourism" URL link to the attraction: [Web Link]

The attraction’s own URL: [Web Link]

Hours of Operation:
2021 Hours of Operation Dates Days Hours May 28 - June 17 Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Friday to Sunday, holidays 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. June 18 - Sept. 6 Monday to Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Friday to Sunday, holidays 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Sept. 7 - October 11 Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Saturday to Sunday & Thanksgiving


Admission Prices:
None to visit the canal but fees are required if bringing a boat through the locks.


Approximate amount of time needed to fully experience the attraction: Up to 1 hour

Transportation options to the attraction: Personal Vehicle or Public Transportation

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