Towering stone walls,
rocking boat, water rising
lock gates swing open.
Endless skating rink,
cycle path companion,
the Rideau Canal.
My memories of the Rideau Canal: boat trips through locks with my father, skating in winter, and cycling in summer. The canal is a 202 km waterway, consisting of rivers and lakes connected by man made canals and locks. It extends from my childhood home, Ottawa on the Ottawa River (Canada), to Kingston on Lake Ontario—I live 20 minutes away from Kingston today.
If you are unfamiliar with how locks work you might want to check out this Rideau Canal info, including an animated illustration.
Not only is the Rideau Canal part of my roots, it is recognized as a Canadian Heritage River and as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It opened in 1832 and has been running ever since, making it the oldest continuously operating canal system in North America.
My haiku memories of the Rideau Canal were inspired by Ritu of But I Smile Anyway, host of the first Haiku Hub Floating Challenge: ‘Heritage’. Everyone is invited to participate. Please find out how to join in at her site linked above.
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