Things to do
The Carillon Canal is a phenomenon in itself - fed by the water of the Ottawa River, the lock opens a 200 tonne guillotine gate to enable vessels to navigate an impressive 20-metre drop!
Have a family picnic amid a scenic landscape, then browse the old barracks which are now a museum. Curious to see a gigantic power station facility up close? Visits are free of charge.
Free lockage day
This one’s on us!
In 2017, to celebrate Canada 150, Parks Canada offered free admission and welcomed over 27 million visitors to our national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites. What better way to say “thank you” to our visitors than to offer a free admission day?
Admission is already free on Canada Day, but we’re adding another day for you to enjoy your favourite activities without paying any admission fees.
In 2018, we will offer free admission on July 7th .
Imagine a boat navigating a 20 metre drop in just 40 minutes! Witness this impressive manoeuvre at the Carillon lock.
Three historic sites link engineering and history: the canal, which opened the way for trade, the hydroelectric power station that provides energy, and the barracks - now a museum - that tell of daily life in another era.