Friends of the Rideau
Ottawa Locks

photo by: Ken W. Watson, 2000

The majestic staircase of eight locks joins the Rideau Canal with the Ottawa River. In the left view, looking west, the beautiful stone lockstation house can be seen, and farther down on the left side is the former Commissariat, now the Bytown Museum (well worth a visit). In the distance is the Alexandra Bridge leading to Hull. Formerly the Interprovincial Bridge, it carried rail traffic across the Ottawa River. Today it is busy with vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians.

In the right view, looking east, the Commissariat building is visible as is the Plaze Bridge at the head of the locks. Even though the locks are in the middle of a major urban centre, they manage to maintain the tranquil beauty and charm that characterizes a typical Rideau lock.

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photo © Ken W. Watson