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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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  • Ok, locks are great to see once, especially for kids (if they are patient) and these are better than most. Then its done. The advantage here is whats around the locks, you can walk in any direction fr...  more »
  • Very cool to watch how to move water craft from varied water levels. You can stand and watch or walk along both sides from the upper canal section or down behind Parliament Hill. Very pretty for the h...  more »
  • Manual locks are so cool. You can crank them yourself too. Gears do all the work. Water rushes in and out.  more »