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Lockstations | Kayaking Rideau


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1) Trip #1 Lets go paddling

I have enjoyed the Rideau Canal Waterway for decades. I canoed from Ottawa to Kingston and back while in high school and the experience continues to resonate decades later. The Rideau Waterway is 202 kilometers one way so unless you have someone pick you up at the destination, a round trip is needed. That’s a   …Continue Reading

Canoeing on the Ottawa Canal

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2) Hartwell’s Lock is a great place to kayak into Ottawa

I began my journey on the Rideau waterway at Hartwell’s Lock. Hartwell’s is a flight of two locks that are ninth and tenth ascending up river to Kingston from Ottawa. Hartwell’s is one of three lockstations within the city’s urban center and sits adjacent to Carleton University. Cycling paths border the canal up to Parliament   …Continue Reading

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3) Trip # 1 Ottawa Locks 1-8

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

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4) Trip # 1 Newboro Lock 36

After leaving Hartwells Lock by car early Saturday morning I traveled south along highway 15 to the Crosby Flea Market where I found some great collectibles and tasty food. I arrived at Newboro lock, a few kilometers west of Crosby, just after lunch and arranged parking and a camping permit. With camp set up around   …Continue Reading

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5) Trip # 1 Jones Falls Locks 39-42

I arrived at Jones Falls around 3 in the afternoon after stopping at Jennies Chip Wagon on Chaffeys Lock Road and Hwy 15. I explored the lock grounds for quite a while considering where to pitch my tent. The lockstation comprises a flight of three locks down to the Hotel Kenny and a single lock   …Continue Reading

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6) Trip # 1 Merrickville Locks 21-23

I left Jones Falls about 9 am and headed North on Highway 15. I stopped in at Poonamalie to meet the lock staff and reconnoiter the area for later on in my trip. I added the coordinates to my GPS and headed into Smiths Falls for some supplies. After a brief lunch I went through   …Continue Reading

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7) Trip # 2 Davis Lock 38

After an unplanned trip back to Toronto I was back on the Arch late afternoon Friday. I dropped my daughter off in Kingston where she would join friends on Sand Lake which was accessible from the southern end of Davis Lock. I arrived at the lock after 6pm and raced to set up camp on   …Continue Reading

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8) Trip # 3 Upper Brewers Locks 43-44

After a few weeks back in Toronto I had some idea of what I’d need to do to get into back-country overnite trips. Thinking I was ready and all fired up until I got a flat tire just outside of Toronto and spent several hours in Belleville getting it fixed. I had planned to put   …Continue Reading

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9) Trip # 3 Lower Brewers Lock 45

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

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10) Trip # 3 Chaffeys Lock 37

It’s Sunday afternoon with thunderstorms expected and I figure Chaffeys to be the best place to hunker down. Hey if it gets real bad the Hotel is only 10 meters away… Stopping for supplies in Seeleys Bay I also took a look see at the town boat launch. I added it to my GPS and   …Continue Reading

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