The New Rideau Canal Promenade Unveiled Along the Rideau Canal Pathway
“History is not just in books, webpages or museums; it is all around us. This is especially true in the Capital Region, which evolved along with Canada as we became a nation. I am therefore very pleased to have been able to work with my federal, municipal and Indigenous colleagues to create an engaging, outdoor experience that tells the story of one the most important historical developments in Ottawa and Canada—the creation of the Rideau Canal.”
—The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism
“Canadians can take great pride in the Rideau Canal system, which stretches over 202 kilometres between Lake Ontario and the Ottawa River. These seven wonderful exhibits in the Capital will really enhance our experience of the Canal and help us understand why the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada declared it to be of national historic significance. Every year the Canal attracts thousands of visitors, who will now learn more about this remarkable engineering achievement and its role in the development of Canada.”
—The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Member of Parliament (Ottawa Centre)
The construction of the Rideau Canal began in 1827. It was planned and managed by Lt. Col. John By of the Royal Engineers. It was originally constructed for strategic military purposes to help defend the colony of Canada during a time when the United States of America vied for control of the region.
The Rideau Canal was a vital corridor for thousands of immigrants moving to settle in western Canada, as well as for the transportation of commercial goods.
The Canal remains the best preserved example and oldest continuously operating slackwater canal in North America.
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism
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