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JUNE 24-26; Days 208-210 Inta – n – Outta Ottawa!
We headed out of Montebello on a fresh sunny morning and made the 42 miles to Ottowa uneventfully for a change while enjoying the pleasant Ottowa River and shoreline (….oh wait, we might have been sold some crummy gas along the way…time will tell on that!) So we said adieu to Quebec and all the french-speaking moments. It was great and, as I write this a few days later, already missing the french fun.
Hello Ottowa! We have to get the boat up some stairs to hang out up there first though!
Okay enough locking pictures! Oh, but we are basically living on a lock so still a few more:
With the Jazz Fest scheduled for the coming week, by Saturday evening the wall had over 30 boats tied up. Even while on board, we enjoyed parts (ie NOT all!!) of the very loud jazz fest that blasted just a block away…we even heard Kenny Rogers alleged “last” public concert! Wow….free too!
Just a couple of blocks from the boat, By Market had some great produce, cheeses and fun stuff.
Although most of these pix make it seem that we have had nothing but fantastic weather, suffice to say that, in fact, we have been drenched by a handful of thunderstorm outbursts. Avoided one big one while getting lots of fun facts during our tour of the Parliament Building.
Parliament: nice wood and uncomfortable desks in the House of Commons and arches with columns in the hallways –feels like jolly ole England, right?
The On-Off Bus tour and then again later on a water ferry taxi got us back on the other side of the Ottowa River (and hence technically in the French speaking Quebec), in the small town of Gatineau (but really more like a neighborhood zone of Ottowa), is the not -quite-ready history museum as well as the also not-quite-ready outdoor plant display showcasing 150 years of Canadian history, values, culture, and art.
Lots of public art/ sculptures all over town:
After some provisioning, a good weather boating day got us rolling around 10 in the morning
Although the way feels very peaceful and rural with sections of waterfront homes, we get glimpses of roads, nearby Ottowa airport and civilization as we go.
Play this for the next pic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guKoNCQFAFk
The waters opened up into small lake/wide-ish river sections as they gave way off and on to the man made canal zones and locks. Very pleasant ride in fresh air and sun….despite N’s frustration with the 5 mph speed limit for the entire day. We’re coming to the firm conclusion that there is no way we could be content with a boat that only goes slow.
Tucked in at Hurst Marina after a day of 8 locks, only 25 miles of distance covered, 4 running engine hours but 8 hours of actual journey time…..just in time to batten down the hatches for some rain….again.