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  OTTAWA Locks 1-8
Number of locks: 8 (in flight) Total Lift: 24.1m ( 79 ft.) Lock Through Time: 1.5 hours*
Chart No: 1512 (Sheet 1) GPS:1 N 45o 25.495'   W 075o 41.740' (lock 8 upper gate)
Chart Sales: Yes Lockstation Tel: (613) 237-2309
Washrooms: Yes2 Drinking Water: Yes3 Day Use Docking: Yes
Overnight Mooring: Yes Docking4 Upstream:
346m/1136'
Docking4 Downstream:
55m/179'
Ice: No Power: Yes Boater Camping: No
Boat Launch: No Picnic Tables: No BBQ Grills: No
Parking: Nearby Public Telephone: Nearby Self Guided Trail: No
Hwy Access: beside Wellington St. Locks Connect: Ottawa River to Rideau Canal Cut
Special Notes: To ensure passage, boaters must arrive at least 3.5 hours prior to closing.
Of Interest: The magnificent flight of 8 locks at Ottawa is now framed by Canada’s Parliament buildings on one side and the impressive Chateau Laurier hotel on the other. This is the largest single set of locks on the entire Rideau system, providing a lift of 24 m (79 ft.). The old Commissariat building (the business/supply office used during the building of the Rideau Canal), the oldest surviving building in Ottawa, now houses the Bytown Museum – well worth a visit. Ottawa itself has many great attractions.
Notes: Gas is available above the lock at Dows Lake Pavilion or below the lock at Rockcliff Boathouse, downstream from the locks.
* Time to actually go through the locks. Allow at least twice this time when trip planning. See Schedule Caveats.
1) GPS data should not be used for navigation. See the GPS page.
2) Washrooms are wheel chair accessible.
3) Unless indicated otherwise, water at the lockstation is potable.
4) Includes both blueline and greyline docking - see Lockstation Docking Page.

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Ottawa Locks

Ottawa Locks
Ottawa Locks looking Southeast
The magnificent flight of eight locks, once a dominant landmark in Ottawa are now dwarfed by the Parliament Buildings (Canada's seat of government) and the Chateau Laurier Hotel. The Bytown Museum is housed in the oldest building in Ottawa, the former Commissariat building for the Rideau Canal, built in 1827.
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