Ottawa Citizen

WATERWAYS

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RIDEAU CANAL A 202-kilometre navigable waterway connecting the Ottawa River to Lake Ontario at Kingston, it has a remarkable diversity of natural and cultural landscapes. The canal links large lakes in a Precambria­n landscape to an agricultur­al and urban landscape. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a recreation­al treasure, with uses including traditiona­l cottages, boating

facilities and camping. ST. LAWRENCE RIVER AND SEAWAY SYSTEM A deep draft waterway, the St. Lawrence Seaway opened to navigation in 1959. Constructi­on of the 306-km stretch of the Seaway between Montreal and Lake Ontario is recognized as one of the most challengin­g engineerin­g feats in history. THE OTTAWA RIVER VALLEY/THE OTTAWA-BONNECHÈRE ESCARPMENT The Ottawa River was first explored in the late 1600s by Samuel de Champlain. The river became one of the most important fur trading routes in Upper Canada. With the industrial revolution, it became an important timber route. Eastern Ontario owes much of its growth to this significan­t transporta­tion corridor.

 ?? PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE EASTERN ONTARIO VISUAL CHARACTER PROJECT ?? Rideau Canal
PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE EASTERN ONTARIO VISUAL CHARACTER PROJECT Rideau Canal

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