The Rideau Waterway / Voie navigable du Canal Rideau
The Canadian Heritage Rivers System
— Le Réseau de rivières du patrimoine canadien —
The Rideau Waterway stretches 202 kilometres through a chain of lakes, rivers and canals, linking Smiths Falls, the heart of the Rideau, to the historic city of Kingston on Lake Ontario and to Ottawa, Canada's capital. To follow the Rideau Waterway is not only a trip through some of the most picturesque countryside in eastern Ontario, but also a voyage through history.
The Rideau Canal National Historic Site, the core of the Rideau Waterway, was built between 1826 and 1832. It is the oldest continuously operated canal in North America. Originally conceived as a key part of a military defence system for Upper Canada (now Ontario), it soon became a route for local trade and luxury steamers. The Rideau Canal is considered one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century. Thirty-one locks raise vessels 83 metres from the Ottawa River to the height of land, south of here at Newboro on Upper Rideau Lake, and 14 locks lower vessels to Lake Ontario at Kingston. The tradition of hand-operating the locks and swing bridges continues at most lockstations, but one of the few electronically operated locks on the system can
La voie navigable du canal Rideau s’étend sur 202 kilomètres, traversant une chaîne de lacs, de rivières et de canaux et reliant Smiths Falls, le cœur du canal Rideau, à la ville historique de Kingston sur le lac Ontario et à Ottawa capitale du Canada. Une promenade le long de la voie navigable du canal Rideau représente non seulement une excursion parmi certains des paysages les plus pittoresques de l’est de l’Ontario, mais aussi un voyage à travers l’histoire.
Le lieu historique national du canal Rideau, cœur de la voie navigable du canal Rideau, a été construit entre 1826 et 1832. Il est le plus vieux canal continuellement en exploitation en Amérique du Nord. À l’origine, le canal avait été conçu pour défendre le Haut-Canada (aujourd’hui l’Ontario) et représentait une composante essentielle du système de défense. Il est
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Man-Made Features • Parks & Recreational Areas • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1826.
Location. 44° 53.809′ N, 76° 1.332′ W. Marker is in Smiths Falls, Ontario, in Lanark County. Marker is on Confederation Drive. Marker is in Centennial Park, at the walking bridge leading east toward the Combined Lockstation building near Beckwith Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2-22 Confederation Drive, Smiths Falls ON K7A 2P6, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Water Works / Station de Production d'Eau Potable (within shouting distance of this marker); Smiths Falls and the Dam / Smiths Falls et le Barrage (within shouting distance of this marker); Centennial Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Combined Locks (within shouting distance of this marker); Crossroads of the Rideau / À la croisée des chemins (within shouting distance of this marker); HMCS/MHCS Smiths Falls (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Parc Victoria Park (about 90 meters away); Grant Amy (about 90 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Smiths Falls.
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Also see . . .
1. History of the Rideau Canal. (Submitted on November 4, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Rideau Canal National Historic Site. (Submitted on November 4, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Rideau Waterway Land Trust. (Submitted on November 4, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 30, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 4, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 128 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 4, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.