Rideau Canal: Upper Brewers Lockstation

Category: Arts and Heritage
Types: Attractions, Historic Sites
Region: Ottawa Region
Address: Locks 43-44, Rideau Canal
Phone: 613-283-5170
Rideau Canal: Upper Brewers Lockstation

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UPPER BREWERS LOCKSTATION In 1827, when construction began on the canal, "Brewer's Upper Mills" as it was then called, consisted of a sawmill, grist mill and a brewery. John Brewer, the founder of the village (1802) and owner of the mills was also the contractor for the canal work. Before the work began Colonel By bought the mills and surrounding land and the mills were shut down and left to deteriorate. Cranberry Bog, located just north of the site, caused most of the concern. This marshy area was feared by workers as it was a hotbed for malaria. In the summer of 1828 malaria was so bad that it halted work at Upper Brewers. Lockstation services: parking, charts and permit sales, on-site identification, picnic areas, day use docking, boater camping and overnight mooring. Swimming, fishing and boat watching are here.

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