I was expecting a bit more from this museum, perhaps foolishly. I had read all I could about the history and construction of the Rideau Canal before I arrived by water to see it. Ontario Waterway Cruises had arranged for the passengers on the Kawartha Voyageur to visit it privately at the end of the afternoon and we were treated to a private tour with a knowledgeable guide.
Museums are always created for visitors who know little about the subject and, for those, it was well done. Understanding how difficult the canal's construction had been in the 1820s was clear and learning how locks work was well illustrated.
My favourite experience was the lookout at the very top of the building. This gives visitors an all-round look at the town of Smith Falls and an excellent view of the dam and weir, as well as the canal.
Worth visiting if you don't know much about the Rideau Canal.
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