Rideau Canal

The Rideau Canal, Ontario's only UNESCO World Heritage Site, was built from 1826 to 1832 as a response from a possible invasion of the American troops during the 1812 war.

It splits the heart of Ottawa in 2 and its downtown portion runs parallel to the Rideau River.

The Rideau Canal is crossed by several bridges: Laurier Bridge, Plaza Bridge, Makenzie-King Bridge, Pretoria Bridge etc. There is only one pedestrian bridge crossing the Rideau Canal linking Somerset Street and the University of Ottawa.   
~1960
2014
Locomotive on the shore of the rideau Canal
Rideau Canal in Ottawa with the Laurier Bridge and the Department of Defense
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Better use of the Rideau Canal shores. Less fan of the combo brutalism & UNESCO protected area.
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Today, everybody agrees that moving the train station in the suburbs was a mistake.  That being said, its move has opened the shores of the Rideau Canal by removing the lanes of rails no longer required.  By applying the sacro-saint parkways model, the NCC changed the vocation of the Rideau...
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~1900
2014
Rideau Canal before the construction of the Union Station
Rideau Canal before with the former building of the Union Station
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Way more majestuous. Lost of key elements like the Central Station and the Corry Block.
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The shores of the Rideau Canal certainly gained in maturity with the addition of the building of the former Union Station and the construction of the Château Laurier.  However, the demolition of the Corry Block, the first "skyscraper" of Ottawa so that the Colonel By Drive could be connected to...
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~1915
2013
Locks of the Rideau Canal when rails were still running along Major Hill Park.
Locks of the Rideau Canal without the rails
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Removal of the rail road link between Ottawa & Hull.
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This photo shows the rails that were going underneath Sappers and Dufferin Bridges before reaching Union Station.  The rails are long gone and it really looks like they have left it "as is" (abandoned) since then....
~1945
2013
Corry Block and Rideau Canal from the Peace Tower à Ottawa
Canal Rideau, Union Station and Conference Centre in Ottawa
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