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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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  • The Ottawa Locks - nestled at the Ottawa River end of the Rideau Canal between the Chateau Laurier and Parliament Hill - are an engineering marvel, an active transportation hub and system, and a touri...  more »
  • My sister and I had just taken the water taxi from the National Museum to the park behind Parliament House and as we walked up we were fortunate enough to come across a motor launch being taken up the...  more »
  • We were lucky enough to see several boats utilize the locks during our stroll around the capital. I find them simple and fascinating at the same time and still a wonder to watch in action. I like how ...  more »

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