Canal Locks

Ottawa Canada Visitor Information and Guide

A series of 47 locks and 24 dams permit boats to travel up the scenic Rideau Canal from the Ottawa River to Kingston Ontario.

Several locks can be found next to Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

The mechanics of the lock system is explained at the Bytown Museum in Ottawa and at the Rideau Canal Visitor Centre at Smith's Falls.

Locks on the Rideau Canal, Ottawa Ontario
Locks on the Rideau Canal, Ottawa

The Rideau Canal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The 200 km waterway connects Ottawa to Lake Ontario.

To learn about how lock systems work, please visit


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