Trip # 3

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1) 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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2) 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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3) 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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4) Trip # 3 Newboro and Chaffeys Locks

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


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5) Trip # 3 Poonamalie – Lock 32

Poonamalie Lock is just south of Smith Falls. I stopped for a few supplies and arrived at the lock mid afternoon. The sky was gray as I set up camp along the north east side of the lock expecting to sit out a day or two of thunderstorms. I sat with the lockmaster for a   …Continue Reading

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6) Trip # 3 Smiths Falls – Locks 28-31

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


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7) Trip # 3 Upper and Lower Beveridges – Locks 33-34

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

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8) Trip # 3 Long Island Locks 14-16

Arriving back at Poonamalie boat launch about 10am, I was packed up and ready to roll by 11. Heading up to Ottawa for a few visits, I had not planned the next leg of my trip. After Smiths Falls I diverted off highway 15 to the Heritage River Road Route that runs along the canal.   …Continue Reading


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9) Trip # 3 Black Rapids Lock 13

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

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10) Trip # 3 Hogs Back Locks 11-12

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