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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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  • 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 »
  • There are locks right downtown and they use the same manual system of 100 years ago. It is free to watch and they are located in a park-like setting  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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