Rideau Canal: Hogs Back Lockstation

Category: Arts and Heritage
Types: Attractions, Historic Sites
Region: Ottawa Region
Address: Locks 11-12, Hogs Back
Phone: 613-283-5170
Rideau Canal:  Hogs Back Lockstation

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HOGS BACK LOCKSTATION Hogs Back, the first of three lockstations within the city of Ottawa, is the point on the canal where the river and the canal separate. A sudden drop in the river from Hogs Back to its mouth eliminated that section of the Rideau River as a possible route for the canal. Colonel By decided to dam the river at Hogs Back, raising the level of water high enough to drown out the seven miles of shallow rapids between there and Black Rapids. From the dam an artificial channel was built, lowering the Canal 115 feet in just over five miles to the northern entrance of the Rideau Canal. Lockstation services: parking, charts and permit sales, on-site identification, picnic areas, day use docking, boater camping and overnight mooring.

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