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Rideau Canal – Jones Falls stone arch dam

The keystone arch dam at Jones falls is constructed of interlocking tapered vertical stones. The dam is one of the most spectacular engineering structure on the Rideau Canal, and is one of the first of its type in the world. … Continue reading

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Rideau Canal – Jones Falls locks 39-42

Jones Falls was a bit of a sneaky lock to find as the there are two ways to get to it by foot – one through a pretty trail that was full of fliers and biters that wanted to eat … Continue reading

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Rideau Canal – Lower Brewers swing bridge

The swing bridge at Lower Brewers is an authentic replacement that replaces the original 1872 structure and is one of only four still in operation on the Rideau Canal System, the others at Kilmarnock, Nicholsons, and Brass Point. The swing … Continue reading

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Rideau Canal – Lower Brewers lock 45

Lower Brewers Lockstation is located at the south end of a widening of the Cataraqui River, which forms a small, shallow lake. The lock was built on the east bank of the river in a short excavated channel that created … Continue reading

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Rideau Canal – Lower Brewers waste weir

Water levels along the Rideau Canal are controlled largely by overflow dams or retaining dams that include a waste weir. A waste weir provides a means of removing excess water from the canal and provides a means of draining a … Continue reading

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Rideau Canal – Merrickville locks 21-23

The Merrickville lock station is unique for the holding basins between the locks. A bit of time lapse video of the locks in action.

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Rideau Canal – Old Slys locks 26/27

Descending 4.7 m over a length of 658 m, Sly’s Rapids were named after William Sly, an early settler who arrived in the Smith Falls area in 1798. By 1824 he had built a substantial barn and house on the … Continue reading

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Smiths Falls railway bridge

Smiths Falls is home to a rather spectacular, raised bascule bridge. The Scherzer rolling-lift railway bridge was built in 1912-13 and was used until the rail line ceased operation in 1984. Since then it has been permanently kept in the … Continue reading

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Smiths Falls detached lock

This canal town is named for Thomas Smyth, a Loyalist who in 1786 was granted four hundred acres in what is present-day Smiths Falls. At the time of Rideau canal construction a small settlement had been established around a mill … Continue reading

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Little shacks

I saw these little boat houses just upstream of the control dam for the Smith’s Falls lock on the Rideau Canal. Pretty – and they remind me of Steveston BC, along the banks of the Fraser River. © 2013 CKB

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