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  OLD SLYS Locks 26-27
Number of locks: 2 (in flight) Total Lift: 4.9m ( 16 ft.) Lock Through Time: 30 min.*
Chart No: 1512 (Sheet 3) GPS:1 N 44o 53.590'    W 76o 00.250'
Chart Sales: No Lockstation Tel: (613) 283-2663
Washrooms: Yes2 Drinking Water: Yes3 Day Use Docking: No
Overnight Mooring: Yes Docking4 Upstream: 61m/200' Docking4 Downstream: 61m/200'
Ice: No Power: No Boater Camping:5 Yes
Boat Launch: No Picnic Tables: Yes BBQ Grills: Yes
Parking: Yes Public Telephone: No Self Guided Trail: No
Hwy Access: on Old Slys Road Lock Connects: Rideau Canal Cut to Rideau River
Special Notes: To ensure passage, boaters must arrive at least 1 hour prior to closing. Swing bridge with a clearance of 2.2m (7.1 ft). Swings on demand EXCEPT on Monday to Friday (exluding holidays) when it will not swing between the hours of 11:55 - 12:15h and 12:45 - 13:00h.
Of Interest: Old Slys is a double lock, named after an early settler in the area, William Sly, who settled here in 1798. The CN rail line crosses the lockstation, a reminder of the importance Smiths Falls once serves as a railway hub. What appears to be a retaining wall below the road that crosses the locks, is actually the top of a 21 foot high dam (similar to the one near the Smiths Falls Combined Lock), placed in the main channel of the Rideau River. In the latter part of the 20th century, the area between the dam and the railroad was filled in. The Heritage House Museum is just a short distance south of the locks.
Notes: Closest gas is Rideau Ferry or Merrickville.
* 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.
5) Allows tent camping for those arriving by water and also for cyclists and hikers.

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Smiths Falls (incl. Old Slys) to Edmunds Photo Tour Video

Map of Old Slys Lockstation


Old Slys Locks
Old Slys Locks looking Southeast
The two locks at Old Slys form the eastern entrance to Smiths Falls.
photo copyright © Canadian Hydrographic Service - used with permission






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