Farewell Rideau Canal. Parting shots:
We finished off the historic Rideau Canal (and its 49th lock!) At its “foot”– Kingston. A very nice little town with a vibrant and buzzing center, great waterfront paths and lots of fun restaurants.
But before I get to Kingston…just a thought: Now, as I write this, I’m wishing we had been able to explore the Rideau waterway more and stay longer…but without the rain and the boat issues (or bodily injuries, for that matter). It’s funny, in hindsight, sometimes how much more you appreciate things. And on that somewhat related note, further, before we get to Kingston, a daily life-on-the-boat tidbit:
Now for Kingston:
Well a few nature shots along the waterfront!
Big maple tree, pretty water birds and tons of turtles here! PS Ziggy learned to track the scent of turtles here!
We’re both already missing the cute little historic hand-drawn locking system. But with a calm, quick cross over an edge of Lake Ontario and a bit of the St Lawrence, we jumped from Kingston over to the town of Trent– the beginning of the next big leg: Trent-Severn Waterway. And no disappointments!
We’ll spend 5-8 (? maybe??) days working our way through the 240 miles and 45 locks. Hopefully we don’t fall off the edge of the earth at the gap in the map!
The Trenton Marina is basically considered by most Loopers to be the highlight of Canada (if not the entire trip) as far as marina facilities go. It is nice with plenty of individual, nicely tiled bathrooms, personal bathmats, excellent dock and dockhands and free laundry (AND detergent!). While we’ve had all of those things (and other fun surprises ) at other marinas, we haven’t had them all in one stop. So yes, it is nice. But also the dog park, good grocery store and nice restaurants and yoga (!) are all within a few blocks!
Mowin’ the Weeds….marina style. That’s the other fancy thing about this marina. They spent the entire day at this project!
Trent Severn connects Lake Ontario to Lake Huron Although originally envisioned for military transport purposes, the canal was built in 1833 as a commercial venture to get crops and lumber from west to east. By the time the route was completed its use as a commercial waterway was over; ships plying the Great Lakes had grown much larger than the canal could handle, and the railways that originally connected to the canal took most of its freight.
(if you want to see the cool video timelapse clip of this you can “friend” me (barb113) on instagram!…or I’ll text it to you.)
Well, when you have all those big, heavy Toonies wearing holes in your pockets, ya’ gotta spend ‘em! Actually the Trent Severn Waterway is know for its famous butter tarts. Ok ok, a few other things here besides butter tarts (which, by the way, is the tiniest little circle thing up there—and yes, it is yummy!) But when you do not buy bread or include it as part of your regular food plan, then a trip to a bakery results in a splurge like this. Ugh…there is SOME fruit in there tho, right??!?
Ok…pushing off to work off some of those calories in the locks…lots of bending, pushing, pulling and shoving! Not to mention tying and re-tying fenders alllllll day long!