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Ottawa Locks, Ottawa

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#15 of 392 in Things to do in Ottawa
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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  • In downtown Ottawa, this is an ideal place to watch the world go by, and boats going up and down. Refreshements can be bought at the adjacent Byward Museum.  more »
  • The functioning of Ottawa Locks is very interesting and one needs to walk alongside and over the locks to get a better perception of the same. Certainly would very highly recommend visiting the same.....  more »
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  • Such a fantastic sight. The locks are in such a short distance of one another it really shows how much of a feat of engineering it really is. There's a little coffee shop type place at the bottom of the walkway and you can follow the path down and around to the river from the canal. The steps are quite steep so it's not for everyone. We visited twice in 2017 and made sure we had a wander both times.
  • Beautiful views and fun for the kids to watch the boats traveling through the locks.
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