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Friday, August 3, 2012 10:30am – 5:00pm

Scheduled Activities

Heritage Walking Tours
  • 2:00pm – 3:30pm

  • "Please meet half an hour prior to the tour start time at the Lockmaster´s House"

  • English Tour: Hear the story of the architects and engineers and the history of important structures, beginning at the historic Lockmaster's house, the tour explores the Alexandra Bridge, Bytown Museum, Chateau Laurier, Government Conference Centre, National Arts Centre, National Defence HQ, Laurier Bridge, Drill Hall, and Lisgar Collegiate.

  • Tour guide David Jeanes is a retired professional engineer and vice president of Heritage Ottawa. As president of public transport advocacy group Transport Action, he has a long-standing interest in the transportation history of the canal corridor. He has researched, written and lectured about many of the structures on the tour.

  • French Tour: The Rideau Canal borders the western edge of the University of Ottawa campus and is considered one of the world' most remarkable examples of 19th-century engineering prowess. What's more, the canal still works exactly as it did 175 years ago when it was inaugurated by Colonel John By, the royal engineer who headed its construction. A campus building is named after Colonel By.

  • Tour Guide Michel Prévost is the University of Ottawa's chief archivist and the president of the Société d’histoire de l’Outaouais. The Rideau Canal holds a special place in his heart, and he regularly gives guided tours of this historic man-made water link between Kingston and Ottawa.

World Heritage Day Camp
  • 10:30am – 2:30pm

  • This year the day camp will consist of over 90 children. The kids will learn about the heritage of the canal and ways to conservation in a fun and interactive way. There will be a puppet show about the Canal and conserving it; a craft using recycled material. The kids will get a chance to explore the Bytown Museum and learn how the Canal was built. They will also get a chance to try some Irish Dancing!