The Ottawa Locks

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A couple of months ago, I took pictures of the Locks At Dusk. The water was unusually quiet, offering great reflections.

Last week-end, Gail came to Ottawa and we both took tons of pictures on Parliament Hill and at the locks. This time, we arrived in the middle of the actions: a bunch of boats were crossing from the Rideau Canal to the Ottawa River.

One Side Of The Rideau Canal

One Side Of The Rideau Canal

And The Locks On The Other Side!

And The Locks On The Other Side!

Opening The Locks

Opening The Locks

Let The Water Flow!

Let The Water Flow!

The Mecanism

The Mecanism

The Chains

The Chains

Green Growing On The Locks

Green Growing On The Locks

The Wooden Path Between Both Sides

The Wooden Path Between Both Sides

Lots of Water...

Lots of Water...

Friendly Guard

Friendly Guard

Watching The Locks Open

Watching The Locks Open

Modern Art

Modern Art

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18 Comments

  1. Your photos are wonderful and the locks very interesting. Did you know that Tulsa is the origin of a system of navigation canals, locks, and dams which run down the length of the Arkansas River all the way to the Mississippi River and from there to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic? If you were adventurous enough you could row all the way from Tulsa to visit France. I need to work that into a blog post.

  2. That guard looks skinny. Very different from the other guards I have seen guarding different places, like the Athens Parliament, the Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, or the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington. They all look muscular compared to this one somehow.

    Anyway, that modern art looks interesting and creepy. Are those crawling creatures heading up from below?

  3. @Tulsa Gentleman – I had no idea! Well, rowing is an idea if airline travel gets more difficult in the future. I should start training right now in fact 😆

    @Lizz – Thank you!

    @shionge – Yeah, funny guy too 🙂

    @Abaniko – It’s an original (and accidental) piece of modern art!

    @Khengsiong – No, there are locks (the kind with a key :lol:) everywhere. Besides, Canadians are way too polite to operate locks for just fun 😆

    @Linguist-in-Waiting – I don’t think he was a proper guard, just… a guy walking around in old clothes! Probably here in the summer for tourists.

  4. how long did it take to move the boats between the canal and the river? it looks fascinating and fun to watch.
    too bad we couldn’t solve all the world’s problems that way, going through a series of locks between one person to another.

  5. That was the perfect weekend to visit Ottawa, thanks for the tour guiding! The weather even cooperated, and I got my aviation and photography fix. Now I need another weekend just like that to relax from the weekdays of madness…

  6. @Seraphine – It takes a really long time… I’d say a couple of hours!

    @Gail at Large – You are welcome! I’d love to come to Toronto too, we will see after my classes, maybe…

    @Agnes – Thank you – don’t hesitate to repeat it 😆

  7. I love it! The locks in Ottawa are truly one of my favourite things about the city. They’re so fascinating, not just functionally but also artistically. I’m glad you’re finding it all interesting too! I love that ‘modern art’ – I haven’t seen that before.

  8. Great shots, Zhu! I spent quite some time in Ottawa back in June, I can completely forgot to go and take some pictures of the Rideau Canal. Shame on me! 🙂

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