Trip # 1 Ottawa Locks 1-8

Location GPS: N 45° 25.495' W 075° 41.740'
Camera: iPhone 4s
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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 truck near the Château Laurier for “Korean Poutine” which was amazing. I snapped a few pictures on my iPhone but was uncomfortable leaving my kayak as  I had no way to lock it up. I had to carry all my valuables with me or fear loosing them.

I started the trip back about 8pm having drained my phone battery to near dead taking pictures. I detoured into Patterson Creek where I’d grown up canoeing and cycling in the summers and skating in the winters. I was amazed how gentrified the area had become and really regretted not having more time and more light to take at least a few snaps. The sun set around 9 and I had to paddle the rest of the way back in the dark. Urban Ottawa is not a dark place so it was a warm and delightful paddle back to camp.

My plan was to drive to Crosby on Saturday morning, with my next camp at Newboro Lock-the top of the Rideau waterway. The Crosby flea market on is always grand and after lunch I could be kayaking on Newboro lake. Sunday I planned to head up Big Rideau Lake to Westport for lunch. Later I’d head back to enjoy Canada Day festivities at Newboro Lock.

Hartwell’s to Ottawa return is about 14km.

TIPS!

  • The map on the top left is interactive so you can zoom in and explore the features mentioned.
  • Click on the photo thumbnails to access a gallery.
  • This photo carousel has descriptions along with each photo.
Things learned!

  • Charge batteries! Know how to keep them charged for each leg of your trip.
  • Your cel phone is a life line. Keep it charged and dry.
  • Be security conscious. Be able to lock things up if you need to.
  • Don’t kayak after dark especially if you do not have a buddy.
  • Bring a lightweight, waterproof camera with a floaty strap.

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