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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
+1 800-465-1867
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Ottawa is a great city to simply stroll, speed walk, jog or "laze" around. The varying elevation of the city down to the water is interesting and well maintained. Will return.

Thank anywhereonearth
Reviewed 3 days ago

A good way to spend a afternoon watching the boats traverse the locks. A little piece of history that had been maintained and operated strictly for pleasure boaters.

Thank vsattui123
Reviewed 5 days ago

The locks on the Rideau Canal are in the centre of town, between the Chateau Laurier and Parliament Hill. The locks are operated by Parks Canada and they have an information office (Lockmaster's Office) beside the locks near the Sappers Bridge end. If you have...More

Thank dac6054
Reviewed 6 days ago

its free and my husband and son enjoyed watching how it operates. not your everyday thing to see. would recommend to checking it out.

Thank Maria C
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Locks are fascinating to watch. Small history museum bottom left hand corner. Take the water taxi across to Monument Hill to get a better view

1  Thank BigFootMidlands
Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting to see how the locks worked. Able to watch three or four boats go through. Fascinating to see! The workers were also very nice. Gave information and answered questions, very friendly!

Thank Sherry M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Rideau Canal was an important link in the transportation system linking Ottawa to the St. Lawrence River,at Kingston, Ontario to the south then on to Lake Ontario to the west. Today it is primarily used by recreation boaters for transportation and sightseeing. The canal...More

Thank kieranpwalsh2018
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Staff were friendly and efficient. Learned a lot just watching the process. Very cool that it is still manual.

Thank iSeeiPlay
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kids really liked watching the boats going through the various levels from the river to the canal. Excellent place to walk around the touristic district while you wait for picking a tour

Thank Odyssey_CR
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The lock system is over 100 years old and still in use lifting and lowering boats from the Ottawa River up to the canal. It is still operated by hand so watching the men hand crank the valves and locks is a lot of fun....More

Thank Robert T
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14 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
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26 September 2017|
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I don't know of any parking nearby. I think Byward Market may be the best and most economical nearby.