Category Archives: Paddle in

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 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 Upper and Lower Beveridges – Locks 33-34

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Departing west from Poonamalie the canal wanders through a stone wall channel until opening out on to Lower Rideau Lake where there is a “mud cut” for canoes and kayaks. This shortcut takes you through a shallow marshland and saves several km off the passage. The sky continued to clear through the morning and by   …Continue Reading


Trip # 3 Smiths Falls – Locks 28-31

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Arriving from Poonamalie around 10 am I pulled the kayak out and stored it next to the Lockmaster’s house and headed into town for a coffee and hair cut. After lunch I walked to the WalMart where I bought an new camera. On the paddle back to Poonamalie the rain started to fall again. It   …Continue Reading


Trip # 3 Newboro and Chaffeys Locks

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Chaffeys Lock behind me and all my gear aboard the kayak, I was heading up through Clear Lake on my way to overnite at NewBoro Lock. As soon as I cleared the Isthmus Channel I was blasted by a strong headwind. I kept to the eastern shore and crept northward in the lee as much   …Continue Reading


Trip # 3 Lower Brewers Lock 45

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Arriving at Lower Brewers Lock I disembarked on a dock covered with and inch of Canada Goose poo. I thru my towel down first (yuk) and gathered all my gear to a nearby picnic table. As soon as everything was safe ashore I returned to the dock and scoped out my new problem. I shoved   …Continue Reading


Trip # 1 Ottawa Locks 1-8

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Downtown Ottawa was abuzz with Canada Day preparations I tied my kayak up next to the Ottawa Conference Center near the eight locks dropping 24.1 meters down to the Ottawa River. There was a Jazz festival in Confederation Park and boaters were tied up along side the National Arts Center. I stopped at a gourmet   …Continue Reading