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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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  • August 8, 2017
    Fine dining in charming Inn. Refurbished Inn, new owners, new chef, locally sourced. Food was excellent, well presented and cooked to perfection. Delicate seasoning. We had the salmon-cod entree. Supe...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    The technology of these locks is simple but fully functional. The winding mechanism is still operated by hand but still moves the boats in a rapid fashion. A must see in Ottawa.  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Enjoy a picnic lunch under the trees and then watch the attendants using ancient hand ratchet wheels to open the gates and transport boats to the next level  more »

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For the best access to restaurants and shops, stay in the historic central neighborhood of ByWard Market, where you can choose from a range of comfortable hotels. Options also abound just south of the canal in Centretown, where you can enjoy easy access to the best attractions in Ottawa. You can explore the city's diverse heritage by staying in one of its many cultural hubs--Chinatown, Little Italy, and Quartier Vanier offer a distinctive taste of China, Italy, and France respectively.
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