The Rideau Canal, a monumental early 19th-century construction covering 202 km of the Rideau and Cataraqui rivers from Ottawa south to Kingston Harbour on Lake Ontario, was built primarily for strategic military purposes at a time when Great Britain and the United States vied for control of the region.

The site, one of the first canals to be designed specifically for steam-powered vessels, also features an ensemble of fortifications. It is the best-preserved example of a slackwater canal in North America, demonstrating the use of this European technology on a large scale.

It is the only canal dating from the great North American canal-building era of the early 19th century to remain operational along its original line with most of its structures intact.

- UNESCO (CC-BY-SA IGO 3.0)

6 sites in this World Heritage

  • Rideau Canal
  • Fort Henry, Kingston
  • Fort Frederick, Kingston
  • Cathcart Tower, Cedar Island
  • Shoal Tower,Kingston
  • Murney Tower, Kingston

Rideau Canal

Fort Henry, Kingston

Fort Frederick, Kingston

Cathcart Tower, Cedar Island

Shoal Tower,Kingston

Murney Tower, Kingston

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