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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. Add Ottawa Locks to your Ottawa travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Ottawa day trip planning tool .
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  • This area is designed to demonstrate how things used to be done. The area is intended for tourists and does a good job. Great to visit with a family  more »
  • Easy to access, and impressive technical achievement - and in good warm weather, a lovely viewpoint as well.  more »
  • Visit the locks in all seasons not just the hot sunny days when boats are locking through. Take the Original Haunted Walk and learn some interesting facts about the locks. Take in the Bytown Museum du...  more »
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  • Such a fantastic sight. The locks are in such a short distance of one another it really shows how much of a feat of engineering it really is. There's a little coffee shop type place at the bottom of the walkway and you can follow the path down and around to the river from the canal. The steps are quite steep so it's not for everyone. We visited twice in 2017 and made sure we had a wander both times.
  • Beautiful views and fun for the kids to watch the boats traveling through the locks.
  • Nice place. Cool to see the canal and the locks that raise and lower water when necessary for boats to pass through.
  • I like this place. Turist love this place
  • Such a cool sight to see and to learn the history of. The crew operating the gates are happy to talk about their operation and history. If you're fortunate enough to be there when a boat is moving through its really cool to see. Highly recommend taking a look if you're in the area at all.
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