The Rideau Canal connects the city of Ottawa, on the Ottawa River to the city of Kingston, on Lake Ontario. The canal was opened in 1832 as a precaution in case of war with the United States and is still in use today, with most of its original structures intact. The canal system uses sections of major rivers, including the Rideau and the Cataraqui, as well as some lakes. It is the oldest continuously operated canal system in North America, and in 2007, it was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Most of the locks are still hand-operated. There are a total of 45 locks at 23 stations along the Canal.
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