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. Manotick is a nice town and I explored it for a little while before proceeding to Long Island Locks. I wanted to be close to Ottawa so this seemed to fit the bill. The lock grounds are very well maintained and a heavily used picnic ground. The paddling looked to be excellent. The camping, however, seemed like it would be strange with such a high volume of visitors.
I decided to continue on and take a look at Black Rapids Lock.