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Painting of The Rideau Canal Locks
The Rideau Canal Locks by George Broomfield (undated)
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Maritime Image of the Day: The Rideau Canal Locks

PortandTerminal.com, January 11, 2021

OTTAWA – Today’s Maritime Image of the Day is a wintery painting by Canadian artist George Broomfield (1906-1992) of the Rideau Canal Locks in Ottawa, Canada.

The oldest continuously operated canal in North America, the Rideau Canal locks played an integral role in the settlement and industrial establishment of Ottawa. Established in 1832, the locks connect the city of Ottawa, to Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence River at Kingston and were opened as a precaution in the event of war with the United States.

An invaluable access point to Ontario, the locks could serve as both a thoroughfare and blockade in the event of conflict.

First Eight Locks of the Rideau Canal, the North Entrance from the Ottawa River, 1834
Thomas Burrowes, Watercolour, Archives of Ontario

The Rideau Canal Locks
The Rideau Canal Locks is the oldest continuously operated canal in North America Photo Credit: Bobak Ha’Eri
Aerial view of the locks
Aerial view of the locks

As the lumber industry bourgeoned in Upper Canada, the lock systems played another vital role. As raw lumber was sent down the Saint Lawrence from rural Quebec and Ontario logging communities, the logs would be corralled at the north opening of the locks and raised up to and down the Rideau canal to transport the lumber into the province for milling and refinement. Today, the lock system is used primarily for pleasure boating and is operated by Parks Canada.

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