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.


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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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