Jun 28th – It was a warm/cool day with a mix of sun and clouds with intermittent thunderstorms and moderate to high winds. We left the Sainte Anne De Bellevue lock wall and went through the lock and travelled 26 miles to stay at the next lock in Carillon Quebec. On the way Hull Marina (across the river from Ottawa) called and told us they had a slip for us for the July 1st weekend … Exxxcellent! Maria has been trying to get a slip for days and we finally have a place close to Ottawa to stay while we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. In between the showers & thunderstorms we went for a walk to check out the area and visited the old lock and lock keepers house as well as a museum that was housed in the barracks where soldiers lived. We got back to the boat just in time for another thunderstorm to hit … so we decided to enjoy the light show with a cold beer. Unfortunately our plan to BBQ dinner didn’t work out so well thus we had to cook it on the stove instead … Oh well, everything tastes great on the boat after a day of fresh air and activities!
Jun 30th – It was a warm rainy foggy day with light winds, however the sun did decide to make an appearance at the end of the day. We left the town dock in Hawkesbury and headed 60 miles to Ottawa Ontario and parked on the blue line of Lock 1 on the Rideau canal. During our travels we had Quebec on our starboard side and Ontario on our Port. We wandered in and out of each province multiple times during the day. The sun made an appearance shortly after we arrived in Ottawa thus we went for a walk and there are already hundreds and perhaps thousands of people walking around getting ready for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations. Tomorrow morning we’ll pull off the blue line and head over to a marina in Hull Quebec where we will stay for 2 nights. We’ll be able to walk to the Ottawa festivities from there.
|Old Lock and Lock Keepers house in Carillon Quebec|
|The existing Carillon Lock|
|Arriving in Ottawa Ontario|
|Wall to Wall boats parked at the top of the 1st 8 locks|
|Maria likes big guns|
|Here are the 1st 8 locks of the Rideau Canal system in Ottawa|
|Happy Birthday Canada!|
|Can you see Aqua-Fennatic?|