Trip # 3 Long Island Locks 14-16

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Trip # 3 Long Island Locks 14-16

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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


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

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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


Trip # 3 Smiths Falls – Locks 28-31

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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


Trip # 3 Poonamalie – Lock 32

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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


Trip # 3 Newboro and Chaffeys Locks

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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


Trip # 3 Chaffeys Lock 37

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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


Trip # 3 Lower Brewers Lock 45

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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


Trip # 3 Upper Brewers Locks 43-44

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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


Trip # 2 Davis Lock 38

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After an unplanned trip back to Toronto I was back on the Arch late afternoon Friday. I dropped my daughter off in Kingston where she would join friends on Sand Lake which was accessible from the southern end of Davis Lock. I arrived at the lock after 6pm and raced to set up camp on   …Continue Reading


Trip # 1 Merrickville Locks 21-23

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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