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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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1 Rideau St | Beside the Chateau Laurier, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 8S7, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Stunning workmanship from another century, the locks provide access to an amazing waterway. Fascinating plan that was built all by men.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank 278mackay
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I borrowed a bike from the hotel and really enjoyed riding along the canal and seeing the locks. People are walking, jogging and biking around this great venue. They told me it freezes in winter and they ice skate on it!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank K6Max
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The locks connect the channel of the Rideau Canal in Ottawa to the Ottawa River, almost 80 feet (24.4 m) below. The Plaza Bridge does provide pedestrians with an excellent view of it. These locks represent an amazing engineering achievement in the middle of the...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank MelBr75
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

i had never seen locks before. pretty cool to see them in action, Great view of the Chateau Laurier and the river

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank stephblue2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Manually these locks are opened and closed to allow small river crafts to have a safe passage from the river to the canal waterway. Wonderful experience to watch this happen right in front of you.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Ashish D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Alongside Parliament Hill this must be the most photogenic site in downtown Ottawa. Every time we visit the city we find our way here. Historic locks still operated by hand take boats from the Rideau Canal down to the Ottawa River. There is a museum...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank redsgothenburg
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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....More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank David B
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Spent quite a while by the locks admiring the views and the waterfront.We were disappointed that we did not see any craft actually going through the locks

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Chloedog1
Reviewed 10 September 2019

This is an awesome place to visit, the viewing is great. Its so imformative and fun to watch the boats make their way up and down the lock system

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank dgordon2016
Reviewed 9 September 2019

It was fun to watch how they raise and lower the water levels to transfer the boats between the locks. I would recommended adding this to your list of things to do in Ottawa. Even if there isn't a boat in the locks it is...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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6 December 2018|
Response from gerleg12 | Reviewed this property |
I would imagine so but we were there in the summer sooo?
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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