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Ottawa Locks

1 Rideau St | Beside the Chateau Laurier, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 8S7, Canada
+1 800-465-1867
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In use since 1832, these locks link the Ottawa River with the Rideau Canal and are still operated by hand.
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  • Very good40%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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“rideau canal” (87 reviews)
“lock gates” (11 reviews)
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1 Rideau St | Beside the Chateau Laurier, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 8S7, Canada
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"rideau canal"
in 87 reviews
"lock gates"
in 11 reviews
"chateau laurier"
in 32 reviews
"an engineering marvel"
in 9 reviews
"watch the boats"
in 21 reviews
"pleasure boats"
in 9 reviews
"pleasure craft"
in 6 reviews
"nice walk"
in 15 reviews
"parliament hill"
in 33 reviews
"byward market"
in 9 reviews
"manually"
in 55 reviews
"cranked"
in 19 reviews
"gears"
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"series"
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"ships"
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"summer"
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"boaters"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This historical area is a great place to explore. Free of charge, you can wander the locks, take part in watching the staff shuttle boats through these "all manual" locks, and read up on the historical significance. Since it is right next to Parliament and...More

Thank Seppster58
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Ottawa Locks - nestled at the Ottawa River end of the Rideau Canal between the Chateau Laurier and Parliament Hill - are an engineering marvel, an active transportation hub and system, and a tourist destination all in one. Throughout the summer you can see...More

Thank Tim W
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Reviewed 27 December 2017 via mobile

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 locks. There was a series of...More

Thank Averil V
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Reviewed 13 December 2017

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 they have a little visitor's centre along...More

Thank silverbrook
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Reviewed 9 December 2017

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

Thank j0se12345678
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Reviewed 6 December 2017

Stopped by the Black Rapids Lock Station in Nepean on a Sunday afternoon. Nice off the beaten path place to visit to see the old locks. Nice trail system near as well to have a nice walk / hike.

Thank Tom B
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Reviewed 1 December 2017

There is so much to see in this area, you have to experience it yourself. In any direction there is something historic to see. A must do if in Ottawa.

Thank LuluOttawa60
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Reviewed 29 November 2017

Surprised to see the canal locks are operated by hand! Cranks operate chains and beams to open the locks that connect the Rideau Canal with the Gatineau River. You can walk across the closed locks (if you dare) to get to the park on the...More

Thank fflbrgst
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Reviewed 4 November 2017

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. If your lucky, you can see a...More

Thank Jolangfo
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Reviewed 2 November 2017

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. Bring a camera.

Thank seetheworld2014
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occams-razor
14 November 2017|
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Response from Ted R | Reviewed this property |
They are at the north end of the canal immediately next to where the canal connects with the Ottawa River.
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Jane W
26 September 2017|
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Response from Dave1746 | Reviewed this property |
I don't know of any parking nearby. I think Byward Market may be the best and most economical nearby.
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