Ontario's Historical Plaques 

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Rideau Canal 1826-1832

Rideau Canal 1826-1832

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

Rideau Canal 1826-1832

Photo by Brian Bockus - Posted October, 2018

Rideau Canal 1826-1832

Photo by contributor Geoff Chalcraft - September, 2007

Plaque Location

The County of Frontenac
The City of Kingston
On the south side of Kingston Mills Road
just west of the bridge over the Rideau Canal

Coordinates: N 44 17.563 W 76 26.590


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Plaque Text

Financed by the British government, on the Duke of Wellington's advice, it was built to provide a secure military route between Upper and Lower Canada. Work was supervised by military engineers commanded by Lieut. Colonel John By whose technical ability and perseverance overcame many obstacles. Many of his Irish emigrant labourers died of a virulent fever. Traversing 203 km of largely unsettled country between Kingston and Bytown (now Ottawa), and including 47 locks, the canal was opened May 24, 1832.

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The Rideau Canal
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Lieutenant-Colonel John By, R.E.
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Kingston Plaques

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