Wednesday, December 5, 2012

About Bytown Museum & Ottawa Locks

Focusing on city history, Bytown Museum is in the oldest stone building Ottawa, it’s east of parliament Hill, beside the canal- go down the stairs from Wellington St and back to the locks at the river. Used during construction of the canal for storing military equipment and money, it now contains artifacts and documents pertaining to local history.

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On the ground floor, Parks Canada runs an exhibit about the building of the canal. The museam is open from the end of April to the middle of May. The hours are 10 am to 5 pm Monday to Saturday, a 1 to 5 Sunday. Admission is $2.50.

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The series of locks at the edge of the Ottawa River in the Colonel By Valley, between the Chateau Laurier and the Parliament Buildings, marks the north end of the 198 km Rideau Canal, which runs to Kingston and the St Lawrence River. Colonel By, who was put in charge of construction the canal, set up his headquarters here in 1826. Though never fulfilling any military purpose, the canal was used commercially for a while and then fell into disuse. The locks are now maintained by the government as heritage park.


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