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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 4 weeks ago

This area is designed to demonstrate how things used to be done. The area is intended for tourists and does a good job. Great to visit with a family

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank mwil41
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Easy to access, and impressive technical achievement - and in good warm weather, a lovely viewpoint as well.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank AlPandR
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visit the locks in all seasons not just the hot sunny days when boats are locking through. Take the Original Haunted Walk and learn some interesting facts about the locks. Take in the Bytown Museum during the summer too.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 63Boatgirl
Reviewed February 17, 2019

A great place to admire the history of the city during my summer jogs. I love this location. Well worth a hike in the summer months. Won't regret the river side views climbing the locks.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank whileitravel
Reviewed November 16, 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 November 7, 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 October 29, 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 October 21, 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
Thank jimmX9373LR
Reviewed October 15, 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 October 4, 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
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December 5, 2018|
Response from gerleg12 | Reviewed this property |
I would imagine so but we were there in the summer sooo?
November 14, 2017|
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Response from Y7272SWcarolm | 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