Rideau Canal

Ottawa Magazine - - THIS CITY - — Matt Har­ri­son

It’s dif­fi­cult to imag­ine what Ot­tawa would look like with­out the Rideau Canal. In its ab­sence, this area of the prov­ince would likely be a de­funct log­ging town cradling the con­flu­ence of var­i­ous rivers — per­haps sought only by hik­ers and back­pack­ers long­ing to catch a glimpse of the mostly un­tar­nished beauty of the sur­round­ing land­scape. Iron­i­cally, that’s just what’s hap­pened in spite of the 202-kilo­me­tre canal be­ing built against long odds. To­day, it acts as a mag­net for skaters, boaters, kayak­ers, ca­noeists, and campers. But even for long­time res­i­dents, there are al­ways new ways to ex­plore the water­way.

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