Rideau Canal: Black Rapids Lockstation

Category: Arts and Heritage
Types: Attractions, Historic Sites
Region: Ottawa Region
Address: Lock 13, Black Rapids
Phone: 613-283-5170
Rideau Canal:  Black Rapids Lockstation

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BLACK RAPIDS LOCKSTATION A single lock with a lift of 9 feet. This single lock was built in the river bed of the Rideau where rapids dropped over 4 feet over a half-mile stretch. Construction began in July of 1827 under the contractors Thomas Phillips and Andrew White, who also built Long Island Lockstation. A quarry was opened on the east bank of the river to provide limestone for the construction of the dam, lock and a lockmaster's house. The house was completed in 1829 and the dam and artificial channel in 1830. The following year the lock and earth embankment were completed.

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