Off our friendly wall at 8:45 am, one of the few advantages of a big boat, one gets to go first.
First Lock at 9:00 am, two locks at upper Brewers followed by a single at Lower.
They did pack us in 7 boats in one lock.
Out through the usual cut into a series of lakes formed by the making of the canal.
The first a pleasant stretch called Colonel By Lake (after the canal builder)
Into the second, strangely called the River Styxx (what was the boatman’s name?), this stretch also houses a large penitentiary (they always seem to get the waterfront).
Past some rugged granite outcroppings with glacial scars,
and into Kingston Mills Locks a flight of three, one – then a holding basin then two more
This is the last lock on the Rideau system, we are moored on the bottom wall, will stay here until late Sunday to beat the Kingston weekenders, then move down to the Lake, 4 miles.
Saturday. Couple of adventurers arrived this morning, one set up his gear and climbed this rockface in five minutes (he’s by the arrow in a blue shirt), like he was walking up stairs, he trailed a rope and the other guy took 30 minutes to find his way up.
Stayed until Sunday am.