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“Great evening walk”
Review of Ottawa Locks

Ottawa Locks
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Ottawa Highlights Half-Day Bike Tour
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2-Hour Ottawa Express City Bike Tour
Ranked #12 of 287 things to do in Ottawa
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Owner description: In use since 1832, these locks link the Ottawa River with the Rideau Canal and are still operated by hand.
Reviewed 30 June 2014 via mobile

Make the locks a part of a walk down along the Ottawa River. If you are lucky you can see a boat travel through the locks and see how they are still operated as they were when they were built.

Thank Wayne C
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

Located on the Ottawa River, the locks have good seating and a space to lock up your bike. There is also a small museum you can visit. It offers nice views of the river and is close to the downtown area so you should include it as part of your stroll.

Thank Tariq_Hossenbux
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

From the bridge above you have a good view, but beware, it takes a while to get a boat from the first lock to the last one. I was lucky enough to come by when a boat in the lock system, else you can be waiting for a while before a boat is coming through.

I was surprised that they manage the lock system manually. Really interesting and fun to watch.

Thank DanielHenrysson
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

The locks and dams of this system were built in 6 years...try to get your teenager to even clean their room in 6 years!! Lol simply genius and amazing to see in action. The museum right beside the locks should definitely be seen first, in order to fully comprehend and appreciate what you're seeing when the locks are in operation. I can spend a full day watching these parks folks cranking as they move the boats up or down...simply genius and I never tire of visiting this work of art :)
Very close to the Byward Market for lunch break and get right back to supervising the locks operation! CRANK! CRANK! CRANK! :)

Thank WarrenCWade
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

We were fortunate to see a pleasure boat being manoeuvred up the locks. The cranks are still operated by hand. A real treat to see

Thank Peeter P
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