The locks that make up the Ottawa Locks are particularly picturesque, where the Rideau Canal and the Ottawa River meet.
A scale model gives you the bird's eye view of them.
John By and his work crew accomplished a formidable task over six years. In the nearly two centuries afterwards, the Canal has endured, today best known as a route for pleasure boaters and tourists.
As noted yesterday, this building was originally known as the Commissariat, a warehouse and headquarters for the project, solidly built, with thick walls.
Coming to the back end, we find the vault, still as it was. The staircase on the wall, narrow here, drew my eyes up.
And I saw this.
Looking into the vault itself, here we have the view. Gunpowder and money would have been kept in these spaces.
Upstairs on the second floor, the real story of Ottawa begins with those who were here before the days of John By. First Nations tribes had been in the Ottawa Valley for thousands of years. Stone tools in this display case bear witness to their time here.