Originally Posted by Beedok
Ottawa might be a bit nicer if the Canal had gone where it was suppose to go, but the again this city has a phobia of bridges, so it might be even more messed up surrounding the downtown by water...
This might seem like a dumb question, but what exactly was the point of building the Rideau Canal? I know, I know, to connect Ottawa with the Great Lakes and provide an alternate water route that didn't follow the US border. But, within Ottawa, there's already the Rideau River, which the Canal ends up meeting with before Nepean and then the "Canal" essentially is just the natural River until you get down to the Lock Stations at Rideau Lake. Having the Canal, which many people died in the process of making, just feels grossly redundant when the Rideau River is just east of it.