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Located between the Parliament buildings on one side and the Chateau Laurier hotel on the other. 
They are the largest single set of locks on the entire Rideau system.

They serve as an elevator for boats crossing over either direction. To ensure passage, boaters must arrive at least 3.5 hours prior to closing.

Gas is available above the lock at Dows Lake Pavilion or below the lock at Rockcliff Boathouse, downstream from the locks

GPS Coordinates: 45°25'29.6"N 75°41'43.4"W

Since 1867, the Rideau Hall is the official residence of the Canadian Monarch and his/her representative (The Governor General). It opens its doors for thousands of visitors every year. Please call for reservation


Address: 1 Sussex Dr, Ottawa


Take a guided tour of Canada’s Parliament Buildings and see the heart of the Canadian government. Explore Parliament Hill’s beautiful grounds and monuments with a guided or self-guided tour. Guided and self-guided tours are offered by the Department of Canadian Heritage.

See the many different ceremonies perforemed on the hill including Changing the Guard, and the Sound and Light Show

Address: 111 Wellington St, Ottawa, ON

The Peace Tower was named in commemoration of Canada’s commitment to peace. On the third floor is the Memorial Chamber, a richly carved room of gentle light built to honour Canadians who died in the armed conflicts in which Canada has fought since Confederation. The 92.2-metre tower also contains an observation area and the Carillon, a series of 53 bells weighing from 4.5 kg to 10,090 kg. Visitors come from all over Canada and from overseas

Address: 111 Wellington St, Ottawa, ON

Prime minister’s house, commonly known as 24 Sussex drive. Built in 1868, later purchased by the government. Refurbished in 1950 to house the first family of Canada (as the official residence of Canada’s prime minister and his/her family). Occupied by leaders such as John Diefenbaker, Lester B. Pearson. Visited by leaders such as Winston Churchill, Queen Elizabeth II, and JFK and Jackie. In the picture (left) you see Pierre Elliott Trudeau and Justin Trudeau. Can you identify which of the kids is Justin?.

Address: 24 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Ontario

The Supreme Court of Canada (the Court) was established in 1875, and since 1949 has served as the final court of appeal and the highest legal authority in the Canadian justice system. The Court adjudicates on all areas of the law and on all cases from both the provincial/territorial courts and from the federal court system. Because the Court sits at the top of Canada’s hierarchical court system, its decisions are binding on all other courts in Canada

Address: 301 Wellington St, Ottawa, ON

The National Gallery of Canada started as a dream of Canadians to have a national gallery to call their own. Today it is one of the world’s most respected art institutions, revered for its scholarship, applauded for its ability to engage audiences of all ages and all levels of artistic knowledge, and renowned for its exceptional collection of approximately 65,000 works of art. It makes its home in a grand, light-filled structure of glass and granite

Address: 380 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, ON

Major’s Hill Park is one of the Capital’s main event parks, hosting major events like theCanada Day celebrations. When not holding events, Major’s Hill Park is a calm oasis in downtown Ottawa, and the perfect spot to take a break between visits to the ByWard market and nearby museums and galleries. The park offers some of the best lookouts in Ottawa and has many historical interpretative panels

Address: Mackenzie Ave Ottawa Ontario

The Royal Alexandra Interprovincial Bridge is a steel truss cantilever bridge spanning the Ottawa River between Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec. It is known locally as both the "Alexandra Bridge" and the "Interprovincial Bridge". Total length: 563 m. Opened: February 18, 1901. Construction started: 1898. It connects Ottawa Quebec to Ontario

GPS Coordinates: 45°25'47.9"N 75°42'13.6"W

This flight of two locks sits adjacent to the campus of Carleton University. The modern City of Ottawa skyline belies the 19th century feel of this lockstation. Cycling paths adjacent to the canal from Ottawa pass through Hartwells on their way to Hogs Back.

Address: Carleton University, Ottawa, ON

Located on Parliament Hill, the Centennial flame commemorates Canada’s 100th anniversary as a Confederation. The Flame was first lit on January 1, 1967, in the presence of then Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson. He was joined on the hill by leader of the Opposition and former Prime Minister, John Diefenbaker.

Address: 2008 Wellington St, Ottawa, ON

Created in 2000, this monument is a tribute the Famous Five: Irene Parlby, Louise McKinney, Nellie McClung, Emily Murphy and Henrietta Muir Edwards, all from Alberta.  The Famous Five brought a case before the highest court in the British Empire to appeal a 1928 decision by the Supreme Court of Canada. That court had ruled that women could not be appointed to the Senate, because they were not “qualified persons.” On October 18, 1929, the Privy Council reversed this decision.

Address: Near the East Block of the Parliment Hill

Located in the heart of the nation’s capital, Confederation Square National Historic Site of Canada is best known to Canadians as the site of the National War Memorial with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Confederation Square was designated a national historic site of Canada in 1984. It is the second most important ceremonial centre of the national capital, after Parliament Hill

GPS Coordinates: 45.421936, -75.692273

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