Tripping The Rideau Canal
The Bytown Museum and Rideau Canal locks. Photo credit: Ottawa Tourism.
If you are feeling stuck in the house, you might enjoy a boat trip on the Rideau Canal. In the (new) tradition of slow TV, TVO can take you on a relaxing outing in the form of a four-hour video voyage in real time along Ontario's magnificent Rideau Canal. This is a great video to stream while you are doing chores such as ironing or mending or a project such as knitting or embriodery. Turn down the audio if you don't want to hear the continuous boat motor sound.
The Rideau Canal was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. It is North America's oldest continuously operating canal system.
The film covers the segment of the Rideau Canal from Manotick to Parliament Hill. There are occasional screen titles that provide information about where you are along the canal or about points of interest. The film incorporates some old footage of traffic along the canal in earlier times and some computer graphics showing how the locks operate.
Start your trip here on the TVO website!
An added bonus is the VR 360 video at six points of interest along the route:
- Watson's Mill in Manotick
- Hog's Back Falls
- The World's Largest Skateway
- 8-step lock system where the canal meets the Ottawa River
- The 'Ever-adapting Rideau': the uses of the canal over time
- Over the Rideau Canal: Exploring the canal from the air
Immerse yourself in 360 Virtual Reality with these six highlights along the Rideau Canal. See the waterway and learn its history in a new and exciting way. Shot in 360 panorama, you control the view!
You can find additional information on the history and cultural importance of the Rideau Canal here: