Rehabilitation of the Masonry at Jones Falls Locks and Arch Dam

Rideau Canal National Historic Site

April 30, 2019 - Community Update: Construction Update

The rehabilitation of Jones Falls Locks is the largest capital project being undertaken on the Rideau Canal since its original construction. The four locks at Jones Falls will undergo historic masonry repairs, including stone replacement, repointing, and grouting. The full rehabilitation is expected to be completed over a three year period, with substantial completion scheduled for spring 2021.

Parks Canada is investing an unprecedented $3 billion dollars over 5 years to support infrastructure work to heritage, visitor, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. These investments represent the largest federal infrastructure plan in the 105-year history of Parks Canada.

About Jones Falls:

Work on Jones Falls began in 1827 and was completed in 1832. Given the rugged terrain, the Jones Falls Locks demonstrates the impressive feats of the canal builders. In order to address the one mile long rapids with a fall of 60 feet, Colonel By proposed the construction of an arch dam 60 feet high and 350 feet in length. Four locks were constructed at the site, each with a lift of 15 feet. The upper lock and the flight of three lower locks are separated by a turning basin.

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