Ottawa Locks
Ottawa Locks
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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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beamans
New Brunswick, Canada38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
The family visited the interpretive center and spent some time walking back and forth across the locks. No boats or ships were going through at the time and relatively low traffic around it at the time. Gorgeous view from the street.
Written May 27, 2022
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PookyCake
Victoria, Canada14,439 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
In use since 1832, the “Ottawa Locks” form a vital link and connect the Ottawa River to Rideau Canal. If you wander to the locks adjacent the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, you’ll doubtless observe that they cascade down like a series of “steps.” This unique system, which is still operated by hand today, is designed to raise and lower boats from one level to the next as they navigate this part of the canal. Of course, it’s a slow process; so, one must be patient. It takes about 1.5 hours to clear the 8 locks.

Thus, the Ottawa Locks are much more than a mere historic curiosity. In one respect, they form part of an important center around which the fledgling Ottawa sprung. In the current day, they still serve a practical purpose – it’s just been augmented with a bit of tourism tossed in!

I would’ve rated the Ottawa Locks higher, but they weren’t set up at the time of my visit (if only I’d come here a week later!). Oh well, it was still cool to see the “steps.” It just would’ve been a hundred times better to observe the boats and locks in action!
Written November 13, 2023
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Kiwidreamer
Auckland, New Zealand408 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Fascinating to view the locks even on a cold April Day. The paths down by the locks were closed for the season but we got a good view of them from the bridge above and along the hillside walk beside it. The whole area around here is lovely to wander in and on the way from downtown to ByWard Market.
Written April 17, 2023
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Sachin K
New York City, NY6,507 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
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 to any tourist in Ottawa.
Written November 12, 2019
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David B
Georgetown, TX594 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
The Rideau River splits into two branches, the main branch resulting in a waterfall into the Ottawa River, the other branch resulting into a controlled fall into the Ottawa River by a series of locks. The latter branch is adjacent to the Chateau Laurier Hotel. It's interesting to watch the locks function and raise or lower a boat to the next level.
Written September 14, 2019
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Roosmarie A
Rotterdam, The Netherlands197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
Do visit and watch the locks in use. Ships rising or lowering with the water, fascinating. A great achievement in the days and still wonderfull now
Written September 1, 2019
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normie52
Ottawa, Canada20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
they are located right downtown beside the hotel Chateau Laurier and only steps away from the Parliament buildings. They are operated manually so on a nice day it is great to hang around and see the boats travel from one lock to another. And then you can just walk to the market area or the parliament and have a great day. I live in Ottawa and I always enjoy my days downtown.
Written March 16, 2016
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swift314
Sheffield, UK12,109 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
Really nice stop off point ad very popular with photographers as it is very photogenic spot, not many tourists get this far out
Written November 14, 2015
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Dianne Smith
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Go if you have never seen this. It is so interesting to watch boats of all sizes travel through the locks. It's a process that requires patience on the part of the boat owners.
Written July 17, 2022
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Jack M
Calgary, Canada170 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
This lock has stood the time on its head as it is there, to help boats and small ships go from the great lakes to the ST. Lawrence Seaway.
Written October 6, 2020
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