Kirkfield Lift Lock | Ontario Photo Spot

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Kirkfield Lift Lock-Photo by Shawn M. Kent
Kirkfield Lift Lock-Photo by Shawn M. Kent

A fascinating feat of engineering, the historic Kirkfield Lift Lock is an impressive photography stop along the historic Rideau Canal. Built in 1907, the Kirkfield Lift Lock operates by having boats pull into one of the two large water chambers, which are then blocked from the rest of the canal. Once ready, the two chambers lift and lower the boats through a precise water balance between the two chambers using hydraulics. As one section lowers boats, the other raises them. The Kirkfield Lift Lock raises and lowers boats approx 15-metres (46 feet) and is built of a photogenic truss design. The lock still operates in the summer months, and the surrounding park is open from 9 am to 5 pm, with ample parking available.

(Kirkfield, Ontario, Canada)