Post 54: Rideau Canal, Locks and Chateau Laurier

Rideau Canal: Locks 1 – 8

Oct 5th, 2017

Looking down at locks 1 – 8

The magnificent flight of 8 locks at Ottawa is now 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 (79 ft.). The old Commissariat building, which was the business/supply office was used during the building of the Rideau Canal. This is the oldest surviving building in Ottawa, and  now houses the Bytown Museum. The Bytown Museum is well worth a visit.

Link for history of the Locks.

Rideau Falls

Slow motion Picture of Rideau Falls

The Rideau Falls are two waterfalls located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada where the Rideau River empties into the Ottawa River. The falls are divided by Green Island. 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 Rideau falls. The Rideau Canal was constructed to bypass these falls and the Hog’s Back Falls.


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