The technology used to open and close the locks along the Rideau Canal hasn’t changed in more than 175 years. Since the canal was completed, humans have been swinging the huge wooden gates open and closed using nothing but brute strength.
There is no better place to watch the hunky Parks Canada lock operators than at the eight locks where the canal meets the Ottawa River. Framed by the Parliament Buildings on one side and the Chateau Laurier hotel on the other, this is the largest single set of locks on the entire Rideau system. While there, visit the Bytown Museum.