Up the Rideau

In front of the Newboro locks.

This summer we took Tortuga up the Rideau canal to Ottawa, it was a great trip. I hope write some tips from the trip for others – in the mean time here are some photos from the Toronto -Coburg-Kingston leg.

Phil and two friends (Bo & Paul) blasted down lake Ontario to Coburg in 12 hours. We  spent the night and the next day Paul and Phil continued to Kingston. The wind was perfect (15-18 knots north-west, gusts to 23) and we surfed, sailed and motor-sailed straight east down the lake arriving in Kingston for sunset and just in time to catch the last LaSalle Causeway lift-bridge raising at 10pm*. We went around Prince Edward County and did the Coburg to Kingston run in an amazing 12 hours as well.

Alison and the girls joined on Monday as the mast was taken off the boat. We then spent the night in Kingston and headed out the next day. Weather has been good, only one hour of rain, a big heavy rain but we dropped anchor in Morton Bay on Whitefish Lake, a cliff-side refuge with a very narrow entrance. After dinner and the rains we went for a swim and Sophie was incredibly enthusiastic and wanted to show us what she has learned in swim class at school – a real trooper, the water temp was 22 °.

We stayed at Newboro the second night as the next lock (the Narrows) was closed due to high winds. We went in search of groceries but only found ice cream.

If you are looking for an excellent planning resource try this site: http://evansepa.com/rideau-info/

*The La Salle Causeway allows Highway 2 to cross the Cataraqui River (the southern entrance of the Rideau Canal) at Kingston, Ontario. The causeway separates Kingston’s inner and outer harbours. Construction of the causeway was completed on April 15, 1917.

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