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Map Test

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A few minor updates

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The front page of rideau.geophoto.com has been updated to make it easier access the trip journals. I think this will help readers enjoy the site considerably. A contact form has been added as well.


Watching the sun

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There is a very cool app for iOS that maps the sun location. Very handy for star gazing and selecting camp sites.  Knowing where the sun will rise and set can help a lot in selecting where to place the doorway. I found it also help in planning trips so I’d be familiar with where   …Continue Reading


Trip #6 Charleston Lake Provincial Park

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I’m describing this as a new trip because it was so different from the Rideau experience. After leaving Davis Lock I drove into Ganonoque to discuss kayaks with 1000 Island Kayakers and scope out possibilities camping in the area and MacDonald Island in particular. We had a great chat and I planed to return as   …Continue Reading


Trip # 5 Davis Lock

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It was nice to return to Davis Lock and enjoy the long weekend in a familar location. The lock was busy with all the boat docks full and three other camps set up on the lock with me. I visited the Crosby Flea Market and brought back some great snacks to share. Sunday I paddled   …Continue Reading


Trip #5 Murphys Point Provincial Park

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Arriving at the Murphys Point boat launch much later than planned, I had barely an hour to get the kayak off the car, loaded and underway before the sun set. The backcountry campsite location was not familiar to me and while I had good maps I really hustled to get going. The Rideau backcountry location   …Continue Reading


Trip # 4 Colonel By Island

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Monday 1pm I arrived at the island and pulled out on a pebble beach on the south east shore in front of a run down pavilion and set about to find a place to pitch camp. There were about a dozen cruisers tied up at the two mooring docks so there was a festive air   …Continue Reading


Trip # 4 Narrows Lock 35

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Traveling south from Ottawa I arrived at Narrows Lock about 6pm Sunday night. I set up on the south east lawn beside the historic Blockhouse. The plan was to visit Crosby Flea Market in the morning and head off to Colonel By Island for a 5 day visit. I was surprised by how little information   …Continue Reading


Trip # 3 Hogs Back Locks 11-12

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Departing from Black Rapids lock I paddled up the Rideau River to Mooney’s Bay towards Ottawa. At the northern end of the bay is the pair of locks at Hogs Back and he Rideau Canoe Club. Sunday was the regionals race day so it was a fantastic time to rest up a bit by floating   …Continue Reading


Trip # 3 Black Rapids Lock 13

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Arriving by car from Long Island Lock around 4pm Saturday afternoon it was clear to me that this was a perfect location and had camp set up on the north west meadow by 5 and the kayak in the water a half hour later. I paddled north lazily for a few km enjoying the landscape   …Continue Reading