One of Canada's most important historical and beauty spots, the Rideau Canal, has a new promenade for visitors to enjoy, and seven historical exhibits along the way to tell the story. The Canal, opened in 1832, connects Canada's capital, Ottawa, to the Saint Lawrence River.
Each of seven exhibits includes sculpture, plaques and illustrations that highlight the history and cultural significance of that particular location of the Rideau Canal. Bikers, joggers and walkers will enjoy reading about the importance of water to the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation, how the Canal was built for military purposes but ended up being used for commerce, and finally how the Canal achieved its world-class reputation for recreation in both winter and summer.
The seven sites are the Ottawa Locks, Shaw Centre, Pretoria Bridge, Lansdowne Park, Dows Lake, the Central Experimental Farm and Hartwells Lockstation.