Research and Archives

Heritage Passages gathers together reproductions of archival holdings pertaining to the Ottawa Locks of the Rideau Canal and early Bytown from locations around the world. Many of these documents have been digitized and published here for the first time. Our exhibit includes English-language material from the Carleton University Archives and Research Collections, the Bytown Museum, the McCord Museum, the Archives of Ontario, Library and Archives Canada, Parks Canada, the National Archives of Scotland, and the UK National Archives. While there is no way of knowing how many artifacts remain to be discovered, authenticated, and documented, we have strived to provide the most comprehensive collection to date. Our goal is to encourage students, historians, and canal enthusiasts alike to dig through our online archive, make their own discoveries, and write their own histories that will add to our growing knowledge of this national icon.