Ottawa Tourism

Long Island Locks

They’ve been there for a long time, and visiting them is a good time! One of twenty-two lockstations on the Rideau Canal between Ottawa and Kingston, Long Island Locks is an idyllic location for picnicking, fishing, exploring and boat watching. The three locks, built in 1827, lift boats 25 feet from the north side to the south. The locks – as with all locks on the Canal – are still opened and closed manually by Parks Canada personnel who crank the massive doors on each side. A swing bridge over the lock is also manually operated to swing out to make way for boats. The original settlement at Long Island was abandoned by the 1890s, with most residents – many of whom had worked on the locks – moving south to the nearby village of Manotick.

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Map of Long Island Locks