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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 old technique, is to overcome altitude for boats/ships, fazinierend and very interesting.
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  • The locks are view-able from the street level near the Château Laurier Hotel but you really need to see them up close to appreciate. You can walk across the individual locks or pose for a pic on them....  more »
  • The locks were an engineering feat at the time they were built. Manually operated gates and locks. You can walk on the locks across the canal. Interesting to see and well worth a trip to the canal. Br...  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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