Rideau Canal: Poonamalie Lockstation

Category: Arts and Heritage
Types: Attractions, Historic Sites
Region: Eastern Ontario
Address: Lock 32, Smiths Falls
Phone: 613-283-5170
Rideau Canal: Poonamalie Lockstation

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POONAMALIE LOCKSTATION This site's original name was First Rapids, so called because it is the first lockstation encountered in a descent toward Ottawa on the Rideau system. "First Rapids" was used interchangeably with "Poonamalie" until the late 1850s, after which the latter name dominated. Tradition has it that this name is also a reflection of one of the physical characteristics of the site an officer of the Royal Engineers who had served in India named it after a place he had seen on the subcontinent, a site with similar cedar-lined roads. Lockstation services: boat launch (with a gravel ramp and no dock-accommodates boats up to 24 ft. during low water season) 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.

Historic Site Public Washrooms Picnic Tables/Area Wheel Chair Accessible

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