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  •  In Ontario, we have the oldest N. American (1+ / 0-)
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    canal, the Rideau Canal, finished in 1832, 125 miles long.
    Designed and built by Col John By, originally to provide a safe alternate route from the Great Lakes at Kingston to Montreal after the US invasion in 1812, it is now a recreational waterway and a UNESCO World Heritage site, since 2007. It is a tremendous economic  and tourist magnet. it is maintained by the National Parks of Canada.

    My home is in Ottawa, my summer cottage 55 miles away on the Rideau system. My office was beside the Canal, right downtown.

    It would be great if the Williamette Locks could be seen in that light, as a possibility, rather than, sadly, something to let go.

    Here are some links:

    http://www.rideau-info.com/...

    http://www.pc.gc.ca/...

    http://www.rideau-info.com/...

    pix at http://www.rideau-info.com/...

    Canal-Skating five miles at Ottawa in the winter http://www.ottawapanoramas.com/...  Check out pages 2 and 3 here too, for ice sculptures, etc.

    "...stories of past courage can define that ingredient..... But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul." JFK Profiles in Courage

    by ontario on Fri Dec 09, 2011 at 07:07:33 PM PST

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