The Civic Holiday in August is called Colonel By Day here in the national capital. John By was the British military engineer tasked with the construction of the Rideau Canal between 1826-32. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, winding between Ottawa and Kingston on Lake Ontario. Here at the Ottawa Locks, things were going on.
The Canal is a popular route during summer for boating traffic. Here at the Ottawa Locks, it comes to an end at the Ottawa River, with the Chateau Laurier looming above. Parliament Hill is on the west side of the Canal.
I stopped in at the Bytown Museum. This local history museum started out as By's commissariat, a storehouse during the Canal building. It has housed the museum for decades, and the museum tells the story of the development of the city since those days. I'll have to stop in sometime over the fall, as I didn't make a full visit of the museum this time out.
On Colonel By Day, a ceremony is held over on the east side of the Canal. It was happening when I was here.
This sign is close to the ceremony.
A view out over the Ottawa River from the very start of the Canal.
While here's a view looking back up the Ottawa Locks. I have more from here tomorrow.