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In use since 1832, these locks link the Ottawa River with the Rideau Canal and are still operated by hand.
1 Rideau St | Beside the Chateau Laurier, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 8S7, Canada
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Reviewed 16 November 2018

Watching people physically crank these locks open and closed in an era where everything is automatic is entertaining and impressing. These folks have to be in great physical shape and very strong to pull this off. There are tons of boats lined up to use...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank buckeyegirl2005
Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

These are quite an impressive set of locks, with a fantastic historic story behind their construction, unfortunately they do not appear to be working locks any longer, the canal is empty, and unfortunately one or two of the locks were full of rubbish when we...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

With the fall colours just finishing, it was a great time to walk down the path below parliament and check out the Ottawa locks. The reasoning behind the locks being built are pretty cool and the Byward Museum beside the locks has lots of information...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank CoachMeow
Reviewed 22 October 2018

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore this remarkable system of locks and learn how they were created. It is a very interesting story with some surprising information. There is a small museum and coffee shop.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 16 October 2018

These locks are so cool and the area is great by the Fairmont Chateau Laurier. The area on both sides are a park setting. To the east is the Hotel and to the west is Parliament Hill. As the locks step down, there are also...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Archited2013
Reviewed 5 October 2018

You can have a splendid walk along side the canals but to have time to spare watching the locks in operation is a treat, especially watching other people use the machanical system to raise and lower the lock water for boats to go up and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank TeamWard
Reviewed 4 October 2018

An amazing feat of engineering in the center of Ottawa and other places along the lakes built to extend defences in bygone days, when much of the labour ws done by hand. Lots of information on borads near the site.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Irwi
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Historical and amazing engineering feat - recognised as a world heritage area. abeautiful area to visit.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank joarcher2016
Reviewed 1 October 2018

Wife and I have been touring Canada for 2 weeks and this was our last day in Canada. We loved being in Canada for 2 weeks.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Allan T
Reviewed 30 September 2018

It was very interesting to see a boat travel though the locks. Each lock required 2 workers on each side to manually open and close the lock.

Date of experience: September 2018
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6 December 2018|
Response from gerleg12 | Reviewed this property |
I would imagine so but we were there in the summer sooo?
15 November 2017|
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Response from Carol M | Reviewed this property |
There are locks at various locations on the Rideau River between Kingston and Ottawa. Some Ottawa locks locations are just north of Manotick, and just south of Hunt Club Road, and at Hogs Back and along Rideau Street where... More