The Rideau Canal (aka Rideau Waterway), connects Ottawa, on the Ottawa River, to Kingston, on Lake Ontario. The 202 km canal (125 miles), completed in 1832, is still in use today & is the oldest continuously operated canal system in North America.|
At the Ottawa River end of the Canal, Lieutenant Colonel John By, head engineer in charge of building the canal, founded a community called Bytown, which later became Ottawa & the Capital of Canada. That explains why the canal is often referred to as The Ditch that Built a City.
The Canal is one of Ottawas most popular recreational areas, used by boats in the summer, ice skaters in the winter, as well as walkers, joggers, cyclists and in-line skaters who use the pathways along its banks.
Please see the introductory text for a little more information about the Canal.