Upper Brewers to Kingston Mills – July 27,28,29

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.

climb s

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.

Author: Low Wattage

Expat Welshman, educated (somewhat) in UK, left before it became fashionable to do so. Now a U.S. Citizen, and recent widower, playing with retirement and house remodeling, living in Delaware and rural Maryland (weekends).

7 thoughts on “Upper Brewers to Kingston Mills – July 27,28,29”

  1. According to google earth the penitentiary is the “Joyceville Institution (minimum security)” So it’s not just us that builds holiday camps for offenders then 🙂

  2. From my observations the Canadians willfully chose a hybrid of the worse features of both the US and the UK!
    Anywhere that charges that much for wine and taxes has got it ALL wrong!

  3. Well the Pacific NW might well be one of the more boring spots in the world, absolutely bloody nothing ever seems to happen, but the booze prices and taxes are definitely as low as you are going to get in any first world country. As usual I have been horrified by the prices here in the UK. A bloody joke against the wages earned by most, don’t know how they live.

  4. Janus: much of it could only generously be called “second world”. The USA has rampant third-world levels of poverty in the back woods hidden away from prying eyes. Rural areas are often second-world and cities, save for a few, have crime levels that shock.

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