We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All photos (206)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good40%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
In use since 1832, these locks link the Ottawa River with the Rideau Canal and are still operated by hand.
Certificate of Excellence
1 Rideau St | Beside the Chateau Laurier, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 8S7, Canada
+1 800-465-1867
Improve This Listing
Ottawa Locks Tours and Tickets
from US$26,40
More Info
from US$38,22
More Info
from US$49,92
More Info
from US$71,76
More Info
from US$248,62
More Info
See all tours & tickets
Reviews (763)
Filter reviews
648 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Traveller rating
Show reviews that mention
All reviews rideau canal chateau laurier an engineering marvel pleasure boats watch the boats opening and closing boat traffic pleasure craft bytown museum small museum parliament hill nice walk manual series cranked ships summer
Selected filters
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 648 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago

best place in the city to get a sunset photo looking down the locks to Hull/Gatineau. You can actually walk over them in warm weather .. the skating is farther up the canal.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank JanetDP
Reviewed 6 days ago

Interesting to see just how many locks are needed and how far down boats had to move in order to reach the Ottawa River. There are some displays along the way regarding the history of the canal and the locks. Breathtaking views looking out to...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank P F B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great tourist site to see the locks and take a walk through the downtown area. Would recommend for out of town folks for a visit

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank GigiCee
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stunning workmanship from another century, the locks provide access to an amazing waterway. Fascinating plan that was built all by men.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank 278mackay
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I borrowed a bike from the hotel and really enjoyed riding along the canal and seeing the locks. People are walking, jogging and biking around this great venue. They told me it freezes in winter and they ice skate on it!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank K6Max
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The locks connect the channel of the Rideau Canal in Ottawa to the Ottawa River, almost 80 feet (24.4 m) below. The Plaza Bridge does provide pedestrians with an excellent view of it. These locks represent an amazing engineering achievement in the middle of the...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank MelBr75
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

i had never seen locks before. pretty cool to see them in action, Great view of the Chateau Laurier and the river

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank stephblue2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Manually these locks are opened and closed to allow small river crafts to have a safe passage from the river to the canal waterway. Wonderful experience to watch this happen right in front of you.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Ashish D
Reviewed 14 September 2019 via mobile

Alongside Parliament Hill this must be the most photogenic site in downtown Ottawa. Every time we visit the city we find our way here. Historic locks still operated by hand take boats from the Rideau Canal down to the Ottawa River. There is a museum...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank redsgothenburg
Reviewed 14 September 2019

The Rideau River splits into two branches, the main branch resulting in a waterfall into the Ottawa River, the other branch resulting into a controlled fall into the Ottawa River by a series of locks. The latter branch is adjacent to the Chateau Laurier Hotel....More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank David B
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 77 nearby hotels
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
3 957 reviews
.05 km away
The Westin Ottawa
2 485 reviews
.23 km away
Capital Hill Hotel & Suites
911 reviews
.43 km away
Novotel Ottawa
1 822 reviews
.45 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 3 302 nearby restaurants
Play Food & Wine
1 750 reviews
.21 km away
Courtyard Restaurant
443 reviews
.18 km away
Restaurant E18hteen
446 reviews
.22 km away
Sidedoor Contemporary Kitchen & Bar
519 reviews
.20 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 668 nearby attractions
Rideau Canal
5 172 reviews
.08 km away
Famous Five Monument
197 reviews
.09 km away
National Arts Centre
281 reviews
.28 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
5 December 2018|
Response from gerleg12 | Reviewed this property |
I would imagine so but we were there in the summer sooo?
14 November 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Y7272SWcarolm | Reviewed this property |
There are locks at various locations on the Rideau River between Kingston and Ottawa. Some Ottawa locks locations are just north of Manotick, and just south of Hunt Club Road, and at Hogs Back and along Rideau Street where... More