Facts and Data

Official Unesco Page
World Heritage in Canada
Rideau Canal National Historic Site of Canada

Basis Data:
Unesco World heritage since: 2007
Size of heritage: 21,455 ha
- Buffer zone: 2,363 ha

Longitude: -74,235°
Latitude: 44,994°


The Rideau Canal, a monumental early 19th-century construction covering 202 km of the Rideau and Cataraqui rivers from Ottawa south to Kingston Harbour on Lake Ontario, was built primarily for strategic military purposes at a time when Great Britain and the United States vied for control of the region. The site, one of the first canals to be designed specifically for steam-powered vessels, also features an ensemble of fortifications. It is the best-preserved example of a slackwater canal in North America, demonstrating the use of this European technology on a large scale. It is the only canal dating from the great North American canal-building era of the early 19th century to remain operational along its original line with most of its structures intact.

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Published: August 10, 2010
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