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Ottawa Locks

1 Rideau St | Beside the Chateau Laurier, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 8S7, Canada
+1 800-465-1867
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In use since 1832, these locks link the Ottawa River with the Rideau Canal and are still operated by hand.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good41%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“rideau canal” (88 reviews)
“chateau laurier” (35 reviews)
“pleasure boats” (10 reviews)
LOCATION
1 Rideau St | Beside the Chateau Laurier, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 8S7, Canada
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+1 800-465-1867
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"rideau canal"
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"chateau laurier"
in 35 reviews
"pleasure boats"
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"watch the boats"
in 22 reviews
"an engineering marvel"
in 9 reviews
"parks canada staff"
in 6 reviews
"boat traffic"
in 6 reviews
"pleasure craft"
in 7 reviews
"bytown museum"
in 17 reviews
"small museum"
in 10 reviews
"parliament hill"
in 35 reviews
"nice walk"
in 15 reviews
"byward market"
in 9 reviews
"manual"
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"gears"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Located next to parliament hill, this is a long lock system that is very active. You can see lots of boats being taken down the locks. My kids thought it was really neat to watch.

Thank mrpetsaver
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Walking up each flight of stairs, going across from one side of each set of locks--great exercise, grandiose and breathtaking views looking down to the Ottawa River. Must go as far as the third to second last crossing of the locks for the most spectacular...More

Thank Jennifer B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

An interesting vista on history, engineering and Canadian history. Looking down onto the locks from the boardwalk is lathe ,ore impressive given the timeframe and resources available at the time.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Consider how old your assets are - your phone, car, TV. Then, have a look at this critical part of Canadian history that not only works, but is functional and useful today. I found it fascinating the way our ancestors got the hydro power to...More

2  Thank Chris D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a wonderful place to go in the summer to walk around the locks and see the operation and all the pleasure boats. Beautiful views!

Thank Francine L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

very interesting to see during your visit as this is next to Parl Hill. Nice watching the boats pass through the locks.

Thank Darryl C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The locks between the Ottawa River and the Chateau Laurier are a beautiful place to walk or cycle along. Frequent pleasure craft climb or descend between the river and the Rideau Canal, and it is fascinating to witness (up close) this age-old process of transporting...More

Thank spokinword
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The locks are really interesting if you've never seen something like them. Summer is best when there is boat traffic moving back and forth all day. It's a great spot for a walk out of the hustle off the Market/Parliament Hill. There's a great paved...More

1  Thank roscoepcoltrane
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Its a good walk and great scenery. Its amazing on how you look at it and the work that is involved. I'm a prairie boy and I was amazed.

Thank Christopher A
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ventured down by the locks on our way down to board an Ottawa River boat tour and were fascinated to watch the Parks Canada staff operate to locks to lower a pleasure boat down to the Ottawa River.

Thank James S B
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occams-razor
15 November 2017|
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Response from Carol M | 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
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Jane W
26 September 2017|
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I don't know of any parking nearby. I think Byward Market may be the best and most economical nearby.
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