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From the Rideau Canal, the Tay Canal winds up the Tay River, through the Tay Marsh, and
into the Tay River Basin in Perth. It is accessible from the Rideau Canal by locking through the Beveridges Locks into the Tay Canal.
Downtown Perth can be reached from the Rideau Canal system via the Tay Canal, teminating at the Tay Basin. Large boats will find they cannot get any further than the Last Duel Park (where they can dock) because of very low bridges. Small boats should be able to navigate under these bridges and into the Tay Basin where there are docking facilities.
The Rideau Canal Waterway:
Following the War of 1812 - 1814 between Great Britain and the United States a survey of what became the Rideau Canal was carried out to establish an alternative route between Montreal and the Great Lakes. To this end, Lieutenant-Colonel John By of the Royal Engineers was sent to oversee the task of making a series of small lakes and the Cataraqui River into a navigable waterway.
For a map of the Rideau Canal Waterway System - Click Here
Boat Tour of The Rideau Canal
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