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Ottawa Locks, Ottawa

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See an important historic site and feat of engineering at Ottawa Locks, a set of eight locks. Connecting the channel of the Rideau Canal to the Ottawa River--which lies 24.4 m (80 ft) below--the locks date from 1831 and represent a significant structural accomplishment. The city has grown up around the locks, but the hand-operated mechanisms and immediate area still possess a period charm, even with all the modern yachts passing through. Make Ottawa Locks a part of your Ottawa vacation plans using our Ottawa itinerary builder.
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  • Although the walk along the water is nice, we didn't find the locks themselves to be something to hold our interest for more than 5 min.  more »
  • The locks are a very impressive feat of engineering, especially given they were constructed so long ago without our modern technical aids. Interesting to read the history.  more »
  • It was rainy and the museum wasn't opened for the season yet, but you could see the locks and canal. The water was very high. There was good signage explains the locks with a map.  more »