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The Rideau Canal
Transcript of The Rideau Canal
History of the Rideau canal
The Rideau Canal!
The Rideau Canal is a series of lakes, rivers and connecting locks and canals that form a relentless waterway from Kingston to Ottawa.
The Rideau canal was built to construct a passable waterway between Lake Ontario and the Ottawa river. It was also designed to provide a safe and invulnerable supply route from Montreal to Kingston to prevent an american invasion, as attempted in the war of 1812, and stay clear of the St.Larwance river route.
The Rideau Canal was only known to natives who used portions of it to travel from lake Ontario to the Ottawa river.
By: Alexandra Duchesne
The construction of the Rideau Canal started preparing the area for the Ottawa locks in 1826. Prime construction on the rest of the route started in 1827. Construction had been completed in November 1831. Also it opened in 1832. That means it took years to develop the canal!
Two main native tribal groups populated the lands of the Rideau region. Theses groups are known as the eastern woodland Indians, the Iroquoian and Algonquin.
The people who actually inhabited the Rideau region were the Algonquin, even though there were no permanent settlements in the area crossed by the Rideau waterway.
As a "hunter-gatherer" culture, they used the Rideau area as a source of food, setting up fishing and huntng camps throughout the area.
Habitual villages were located on the shores of the Ottawa River and some of it's main tributaries.
Number of locks:
Number of lock stations:
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First official opening:
Travel time (one way):
3-5 days (motor boat)
6-10 days (paddling)
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The Rideau canal is located in Ontario, Canada.
The canal runs from Lake Ontario to the Ottawa river.
Settlement along the canal.
Did you know...
The word "
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The canal was built in a boundary of lakes, rivers and swamps?
The canal is the oldest continuously operated canal system in North America?
The Rideau canal was one of the best engineering feats of the 19th century and one of the greatest navigable water ways?
The canal had been completed with 47 masonry locks and 52 dams, generating a water way 202km long! About 19km of it is man-made!
In 1826, Lieutenant Colonel John By, of the "Royal Engineers" was given the responsibility to design the canal and supervise the construction?
Lieutenant was handed the task to create a navigable waterway with a minimum depth of 5 feat?
The Rideau Canal
The settlement, trade and development of the Rideau canal.
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The Rideau canal is a passage away from the St.Lawrence river preventing possible american attack therefore soldiers and supplies could get to battle sites faster and easier. To this day the canal hasn't been needed for it's real purpose.
The construction of the Rideau Canal caused settlement along the region, this spawned local trade in the area. Having a centralized store house area allowed storage of grain and supplies to be used as trade.