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Ottawa Locks
Ottawa Locks

Ottawa Locks

Rideau Canal, Ottawa, K1N 8S7

The Basics

One of the best ways to see the canal locks and Ottawa is aboard a scenic canal or river cruise. Cruises along this UNESCO World Heritage–listed waterway offer views from the water of notable attractions, like the National Arts Centre, Canadian Museum of Nature, Château Laurier, and Dow’s Lake. Guided bike tours of the Canadian capital often pass along the Rideau Canal path with a stop to watch as boats pass through the locks. One of the best views of the locks is from Plaza Bridge.

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2-Hour Ottawa Express City Bike Tour
2-Hour Ottawa Express City Bike Tour
USD59.49 per adult
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A fun way to explore Ottawa
A great way to get acquainted with Ottawa. Our guide was informative and took us to all the must see spots in Ottawa during our tour.
Tamanna_S, May 2022

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Ottawa Locks are a must-see for history buffs and families.
  • Wheelchair accessible restrooms can be found inside the lockstation.
  • Don’t forget to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat, especially if you’re taking a canal cruise.
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How to Get There

The Ottawa Locks 1 to 8 run from the Chateau Laurier hotel to Carlton University. It’s easy to get there on foot or by bike.

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When to Get There

If you want to see the Ottawa Locks in action, you’ll have to visit during the summer months (May to October). In winter, the canal freezes, becoming the world’s largest outdoor skating rink. Boats can pass through the locks until 4pm Monday to Thursday and 7pm on weekends and holidays.

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Bytown Museum

Before you visit the Ottawa Locks, stop in for a visit at the Bytown Museum, housed in the city’s oldest stone building adjacent to the locks. The museum traces the history of Ottawa, including the planning and construction of the Rideau Canal between 1826 and 1832.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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