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Ottawa 3 - Rideau Canal Locks

I was lucky on my second day to get close-ups of how the locking and unlocking of the canal works.

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of how the locking and unlocking of the canal works.

I knew that. Amazing considering how old the locks are. They do have some upgrades in place I see.
standready on Sat Nov 17, 2012 3:43 am
@Standready. I'm not at all familiar what "old" or "new" means, but I can imagine there would be some "new" so all of it can work as well as it does.

Forgot you're a mechanical engineer. And I imagine there must be canals in the US as well?
deanhills on Sat Nov 17, 2012 11:22 pm
In Belgium we use a lift for those kind of things, way easier.

Or put the whole thing on rails.
Bondings on Sat Nov 17, 2012 11:53 pm
Haha, thanks Bondings .... I guess the Rideau Canal is a bit of a Dinky Toy compared with the ones in Belgium. Can imagine there must be some serious industrial activity going on with the kind they use in Belgium. Guess the Rideau Canal is more for entertaining tourists like me, and it was very successful with that ..... Twisted Evil
deanhills on Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:28 am
It's not really used all that much, to be honest. A lot of people consider it wasted money, although I wouldn't go that far.

The first one (Strépy-Thieu) is the biggest boat lift in the world (at the moment since on Wikipedia it says the Chinese are building a bigger one).

I would call the Rideau Canal pretty impressive too, though.
Bondings on Sun Nov 18, 2012 7:23 pm
I took some pictures of that canal lock system but I was waaaaaaay off to the right and maybe further back.
TheGremlyn on Tue Feb 12, 2013 1:52 am
What were your impression of it? I was completely taken with it, particularly the view. Ottawa is certainly one of my favourite cities of Canada. Yet to visit Quebec City though.
deanhills on Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:30 pm
@Bondings: WoW! Now that is 'high' seas.
@Dean: Yes, there are plenty of locks here in the US some that handle really big container ships and also don't forget Panama.
standready on Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:58 pm
I liked it. I would have liked to have spent more time wandering around. I was with the ex visiting his friend. So his friend probably didn't care for the view cause he'd been living there for a few years. My ex doesn't like crowds. Any time I stopped to take a picture of something I'd have to play catchup. Probably would be a better trip with some of my other friends who like to take their time and just wander. Might be something for the near future Razz
TheGremlyn on Wed Feb 13, 2013 12:41 am
I'd think it would be great to do it with a boat one day, like in some of the pictures, and explore the whole of the canal system. Would probably be very tiring, but could turn out to be very interesting. Think when I'm there next, I'm going to see how far I can walk down the canal. May turn into an interesting hike as well.
deanhills on Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:17 pm

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