Trip # 1

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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 Decisions…

Leaving Jones Falls in the morning I arrived at highway 15. I still had not decided which direction I’d head. South towards Kingston would take me to the Brewers Lockstations with beautiful Canadian Shield landscape. North towards Smiths Falls were a number of small towns I could explore. I’d researched and had plans for most   …Continue Reading


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7) 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