The guided tour is narrated by Lt. Colonel John By and Lord Dalhousie. Colonel By was the Royal Engineer in charge of the Rideau Canal construction and early Ottawa, known as Bytown, was named after him. Lord Dalhousie was the Governor-In-Chief of Canada and Colonel By reported to him. In less than six years, the Canal was complete - an amazing feat considering that only hand tools were used. However, the project was not without its setbacks. Through construction accidents and disease, it is believed that between 500 and 1,000 workers (or Canal navvies) were killed during the construction period.
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Please note that this project recreates the Ottawa Locks site, including a detailed reconstruction of the Commissariat Building. However, it does not show the early development of Bytown in the surrounding area. In this production, the area appears as a green landscape.