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02 October 2013

Cross Canada and Back, Part 47


Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

20th of August 2011, day 97


Late morning we packed a lunch, the left over bread from yesterday and some cheese.

On Hwy 32 and 15 we drove from Gananoque toward Smith Falls. There we looked for the Rideau Canal National Historic Site of Canada. Hard to find, but we did find it with the help of the people at the Rideau Canal Museum.

Liz in Smith Falls
Liz in Smith Falls

A boat going through one of many locks.
A boat going through one of many locks.
In the Museum we watched a short video explaining the story behind the Canal. It was built between Kingston and Ottawa from 1826 to 1832. It was built so fast, because it was intended to provide safe passage for Military personnel and supplies during the threat of war ( or continuous conflicts between the US and Britain, hence Canada, since the war of 1812 ).

Lieutenant Colonel John By was in charge. It was a monumental engineering task. In 7 years he had the canal built. A total of 202 km long, with 47 locks to overcome the heights of the terrain.

Another section of the Rideau Canal.
Another section of the Rideau Canal.
Even though he did a great job, by the time the canal was finished , the threat of war was over, and Colonel By was reprimanded back home in England for overspending on the project. Sometime one cannot win.  For more information:  http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/on/rideau/index.aspx
Ontario Government has very good incentives for solar power. You see lots of solar panels all over.
Ontario Government has very good incentives for solar power. You see lots of solar panels all over.
Today the Rideau Canal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The canal is used in summer by loads of pleasure boats. Often the boaters have to patiently wait for the lock to open and close, because some of the locks are still operated by hand cranks. In winter, in Ottawa the canal is used as the longest ice rink. We watched boats coming and going through the automated lock in Smith Falls. Very interesting.

Smith Falls is a pretty little town. We enjoyed our walk about and the boating scenery along the canal. See http://www.smithsfalls.ca/ for more info on Smith Falls.

On our way home over Hwy 21 through Murphy Point Park  ( http://www.ontarioparks.com/park/murphyspoint  ) we ran into another very heavy thunderstorm.

Storm coming in over the lake
A storm is brewing

Liz looking out at the rain from our trailer
Nice to be back in our "pull shack"

The rain is coming down in buckets
The rain is coming down in buckets
Anders and I are not used to that. Here on the west coast of BC we hardly ever have thunderstorms. Oh well, live and learn.

For more pictures from this part of the trip, check out our web album.

Here are some shortcuts to all the blogs from our Cross Canada Trip. Just hover over the number to see where it will take you

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11,   12,  13,  14,  15,  16,  17,  18,  19,  20

21,   22,  23,  24,  25,  26,  27,  28,  29,  29b

30,   31,  32,  33,  34,  35,  36,  37,  38,  39,

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