The NG Times Newspaper

submitted by Parks Canada

The replacement of the Lower Nicholsons Wharf on the Rideau Canal National Historic Site is now complete. We are pleased to announce that the wharf will be available for the enjoyment of boaters and land-based visitors alike this navigation season.

Last week, the construction of the new Lower Nicholsons Wharf was finalized with the installation of the concrete deck and backfill behind the cribbing. Like the old wharf, the new wharf is built on a gabion stone foundation with timber cribbing supports. The design of the new wharf matches the historic aesthetic of the Nicholsons Lockstation and will provide recreational access for generations of future visitors.

Presently, the contractor is demobilizing from site and will return in late April to complete site restoration. Look out for new sod and a level parking lot on your next visit!

Lower Nicholsons Wharf replacement is part of Parks Canada’s unprecedented $3 billion dollar investment 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. Investments in visitor infrastructure – such as trails, visitor centres and campgrounds, as well as highways, parkways and bridges – will ensure the quality and reliability of visitor facilities and continue to allow Canadians to connect with nature.

In the mid-1820s Colonel By made plans to construct a dam, lock and embankment at Nicholson’s Rapids. The plan had the dam bypass the rapids with a canal cut along the east bank. Work was completed by contractor H.C. Steven and Co. who worked diligently on the canal cut and lock construction. Local stone from Clowes’ Quarry was used to build the locks and dam.

For up-to-date news on infrastructure work along the Rideau Canal, please visit our website: If you would like to be added to our community engagement list and receive updates on this project, please e-mail [email protected] and include “Lower Nicholsons Wharf” in the subject heading.


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