Rideau Canal National Historic Site of Canada

Learning Experiences

Self-guided. Ask us for a walking brochure.

These programs are recommended for Grade 5-10 audiences.

In terms of Ontario curriculum links they are most suited to the following grades:

Grade 5: Science and Technology (Structures and Mechanisms - Forces Acting on Structures and Mechanisms)

Grade 7: History (British North America)

Grade 8: History (Canada: A Changing Society), Science and Technology (Matter and Materials - Fluids)

Online EduKit Activities - Gates and Locking Through

Tours

Ottawa Locks: From Colony to Capital

Self-guided. Ask us for a walking brochure.

Looks at environment, engineering, technologies, historical figures, development of 19th-century Canada and the founding of the capital

Merrickville Lockstation: Industrial Heritage, Historic Community

Self-guided. Ask us for a walking brochure.

Focus on Canada's 19th century industrial heritage, development of water resources for transportation and power, contrast of past and present technologies (canal, swing bridge, hydroelectric generating station)

Jones Falls Lockstation : Engineering in the Wilderness (off Hwy. 15, near Elgin, Ontario)

Self-guided. Ask us for a walking brochure.

  • Recounts struggle of canal builders with disease, inhospitable terrain
  • Learning about engineering innovation and technology, preservation, 19th century life

Kingston Mills Lockstation: Gateway to the Past

Self-guided. Ask us for a walking brochure.

  • Focus on changing use of the canal over time (defence, settlement, commerce, pleasure use)
  • Features topography of the Canadian Shield
  • Includes tour of military Blockhouse