Canada - Rideau Canal

"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." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Rideau Canal prepaid postcard by Canada Post. Thanks to Jason of Canada.






Postcard 2
Autumn splendor at Jones Falls Locks - Historic Rideau Waterway. Nice stamps used. Thanks to Ange of Canada.





Postcard 3
Ottawa - the capital of Canada was formerly called "Bytown" after Colonel John By who built the Rideau Canal. The upper part of the Rideau Canal for a few months in winter is turned into 8.5km long skating rink. Nice stamps used. Thanks to Manfred of Ottawa, Canada.





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