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About the App

The Rideau Timescapes App is produced by the Centre for Public History and the School of Information Technology, Carleton University. It is funded in part by a grant from the Canada Interactive Fund, Department of Canadian Heritage. For more information on the development team please click here.

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About the Rideau Canal

The Rideau Canal is the oldest continuously operated canal in North America. Located in eastern Ontario, Canada, the canal connects the Ottawa River with Lake Ontario along a 202-kilometre route through the Rideau and Cataraqui river drainages. The canal system was planned in the aftermath of the War of 1812 and was intended to safeguard British military movements between Upper and Lower Canada from American interference.

Comprising 49 individual locks - along with a series of dams, channels, and blockhouses - the canal significantly altered the environment along the route, flooding land, drowning rapids, and redirecting water flows. However, by the time the canal was completed in 1832, the potential for widespread military conflict had faded and the canal instead was used to transport people and goods, and for pleasure.

Today the Rideau Canal is a popular tourist and boating destination. Maintained and operated by Parks Canada, the canal is protected as a National Historic Site of Canada and as a Canadian Heritage River. In 2007 the canal was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of the canal's outstanding engineering and architectural heritage.

For more information on the canal and its history, please see:

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