|UNESCO #1221 - Rideau Canal - Ottawa - CANADA|
Monday, May 20, 2013
Rideau Canal - CANADA - UNESCO #1221
My first Canadian postcard, thanks to Jason, a postcrossing user that is also starting a UNESCO collection - let's see who finishes first! :) According to Jason, during 25~40 days each year you can skate the Rideau Canal in Ottawa... not me thank you, my previous experience on a ice skate was very painful, I guess I'll be at the bank drinking a cold one (maybe a Moosehead). Ok, 19 done, 943 to go! This postcard took 7 days to arrive!
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.