|UNESCO #1221 - Rideau Canal, Ottawa - CANADA|
Friday, June 14, 2013
Rideau Canal - CANADA - UNESCO #1221
Today arrived one more official POSTCROSSING card (6 in a week, not bad!), this time from Zack, number one postcrosser in Canada - he picked a postcard of the UNESCO site in his city Ottawa, the Rideau Canal: a postcard very similar to one Jason had sent me May 20th, but this time a summer view... I loved it, I know that many people don't want to get duplicated UNESCO sites, I really don't mind as long as the cards are different. Thanks a lot Zack! The card is great, but the countdown still remains at 48/914. 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.