One morning last week, my Adventure Buddy and I, naive to the waterways as we are, discovered this amazing sight: the opening of the locks via hand-operated cranks, on the Rideau Canal. Deep in the background you can see a hint of downtown Ottawa. Located across from Carleton University, these particular lock stations are called Hartwells Locks and are numbers 9 and 10 in the Rideau's system of 46 locks and 24 dams. If you'd like to know more of the detail of how this particular section came to be, just click here.
With construction having finished around 1831, the Rideau Canal was originally built as a secure supply route from the port of Montreal, Quebec through to Kingston, Ontario should we go to war with the United States. Fortunately such an event didn't occur, and the Rideau Canal has since been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a rich history to be widely shared with tourists and locals alike.