Parliament Hill, Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON, Canada

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Comments (2) on September 28, 2012

The Rideau Canal links The Ottawa River to the St. Lawrence River. It was built in 1832, before the age of the railway, when waterways were the main arteries linking one part of Canada to another. Its purpose was to cut the distance between Ottawa and Kingston short. There was a strategic reason as well. Fearing another attack from the U. S., the Canadian military saw the canal as a safer way since it helped to avoid the narrower channels of the St. Lawrence between Montreal and Kingston. It is now used mostly for recreation. What you see in the photo is a series of 8 locks (out of a total of 45 locks) meant to raise and lower the boats.

Adam Elmquist on December 31, 2012

Fantastic photo Liked...

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Photo taken in Parliament Hill, Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON, Canada

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