Discover the Ottawa Locks, set next to majestic Parliament Hill in the heart of the nation’s capital. Travel back to the early 19th century when Colonel By and his workers were breaking ground on the Rideau Canal, North America’s oldest operating canal system and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn how the locks work, why the canal was built, and about the lives of the people who planned it, and the workers who built it. After a walk along the locks, come tour the Commissariat, Ottawa’s oldest stone building, and through our extensive collection of stories and artefacts learn about our city’s history from when the first stone of the canal was laid, right up to the end of the First World War.


Education Value and Curriculum Connections:

Grades 4-6 Language / Grade 4 Social Studies B1.1, B1.2, B3.2 / Grade 3 – Understanding Structures & Mechanisms: Strong & Stable Structures 1.1, 1.2 / Grade 4 – Understanding Structures & Mechanisms: Pulleys & Gears 1.1, 1.2, 2.2, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.5 / Grade 5 – Understanding Structures & Mechanisms: Forces Acting on Structures & Mechanisms 1.2, 3.2, 3.3 / Grade 7 – Understanding Structures & Mechanisms: Form and Function 1.1, 2.3, 2.6, 3.1, 3.5


In Person


60-minute & 90-minute offerings


English, Français