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Month: June 2019

Coffee and nosh

Coffee and nosh

June 30, 2019 Sunday Underneath the Mackenzie King Bridge, Ottawa, Ontario  0 nautical miles.

45°25’23.9″N 75°41’28.8″W
45.423317, -75.691328
Elevation: 213 ft

Along the Way

We were out early this morning. Off to the ByWard Market for coffee and nosh.

Two bowls of lattes, “ozzy” croquette, Canadian quiche and a butter tart for dessert.
Coffees are sold in cups or bowls (the larger size)
Drunken Jam. We bought Peach Tequila Surprise to server over brie at Docktails tonight. The surprise part is a jalapeno kick.
Sandi’s Crafts. Spiders 3 for 10$. Mary bought 3. Each color has a different meaning.

Les seaux GADI, Claude Bouchard, artisan

But of course Mary bought and 8-pack of maple syrup. Great price and will keep 10 years unopened (Mary uses maple syrup in her cooking)
Naan Shafali restaurant makes fresh naan for each sandwich. Naan

USA Embassy

National Gallery of Canada
Maman is a bronze, stainless steel, and marble spider sculpture by the artist Louise Bourgeois. The sculpture is 30 ft high and over 33 ft wide. It includes a sac containing 32 marble eggs.

Dog lady

Docktails with boats Late Harvest, Apres Sail, $KID$, Summersalt, yes dear ..


The Shaw Center (convention center).
That’s the top of ‘our bridge’ in the upper right corner.

Ottawa holds a celebration of the Gift of Tulips from the Netherlands every spring. The celebration is in honor of Canada’s role in the liberation of the Netherlands in WWII. The forged friendship has lasted over 74 years. The Shaw Center is desigined n the shape of a tulip flower laying on its side.


In the winter the Rideau Canal becomes a 4.7 mile (7.8 kilometre) skating rink as it winds its way through downtown Ottawa.

Famous people from Ottawa include Paul Anka, Lorne Greene, Alanis Morissette, Dan Ankroyd, Adrienne Clarkson, Tom Green, Peter Jennings, Rich Little, Sandra Oh, Matthew Perry, Shelagh Rogers and even Tom Cruise.

Drolleries and Yuks

Locked up

Locked up

June 29, 2019 Saturday Rivière des Outaouais (Ottawa River), Gatineau, QC  to Underneath the Mackenzie King Bridge, Ottawa, Ontario  3.8 nautical miles.

45°25’23.9″N 75°41’28.8″W
45.423317, -75.691328
Elevation: 213 ft

Along the Way

Coming into Ottawa
Rideau Locks 1-8 (left) and Parliament
Waiting for our turn to lock up. Notice the waterfall over the top of the look. When water is release from an upper lock it waterfalls all the way down.

Locked up. They finally locked us up. We were the first south bound lift of the day. The north bound came through first giving us time to check the 8 step locks out before we took Yes Dear through.

Hats off to Benjamin, the lock master, and his crew.  By the time the lock was ready to lift the first group through there were 8 boats requesting and up passage. He took us and Encore, the first two boats in line and the two largest boats.  He then took the two next boats in line that could also fit in the lock with. Boats 4 and 5 were too large and needed to wait for the next lock up.

The locks are a harsh mistress. Very low cement walls. Hard to protect against. Fenders need to be exactly at waterline with another set at the rub rail. (Thanks again to Lockmaster Vicki on the Richelieu who told us about making the M formation.)

View from the lock of the Fairmont Hotel

Lock 8, the final lock bringing us a total of 80 feet up in elevation. There were too many people watching for us to screw up. We didn’t want to look like amateurs persevered forever in family albums of trips to Ottawa for Canada Day.

Hats off again to Benjamin, the lock master, and his crew.  There are no visitor safety rails on the locks and visitors crawl all over the locks for a view and to take a picture. The Benjamin lock attendants not only have to manage the vessel traffic, they need to HAND CRANK the locks and stay vigilant to keep people away from the locks. Benjamin said several visitors fall off each year and have to be rescued. It’s worse in the evening when after the lock attendants have gone home as there is no one to supervise.

We have company coming – first stop go get beer.

Tall Boys. Beer is Ottawa is sold as tall boys. If you look hard you might be able to find the 12 oz but it is typically only sold as a case. One of our Canadian friends explained ‘We need the tall boys stop us from freezing.’

Mary was too lost without her camera. So Dale took her to get a second hand camera body that would work with the Nikon lenses until her camera came back from warranty repair. What a great guy she married!

Tom at the Camera Trading Company. These guys really know cameras! Talking to them was so interesting it was hard to leave the store.

About town with the new camera on a dark and dreary day. Just pictures… I don’t know what many of the buildings are. It’s just cool. (Having too much fun to research and find out 🙂

The ByWard Market. The big thing to eat here is beaver tails.

We didn’t stay long. A severe thunderstorm started to roll in. Back to the boat! Everyone got rained on but us (we are under the bridge).



The name Rideau, French for “curtain”, is derived from the curtain-like appearance of the Rideau River’s twin waterfalls where they join the Ottawa River. (see yesterday for picture)

No locks today

No locks today

June 28, 2019 Friday Rivière des Outaouais (Ottawa River) near Chute-à-Blondeau, Ontario to Rivière des Outaouais(Ottawa River), Gatineau, QC  63.6 nautical miles.

45°26’58.1″N 75°42’26.2″W
45.449463, -75.707280
Elevation: 134 ft

Today’s travels brought us up ~40 feet in elevation. The good news is that there are NO locks or lock pictures today. 😊

Warning… There will be tomorrow.

Along the Way

It seemed sacrilegious to break the tranquility of the morning by starting our engines. Even the cantankerous flock of seagulls from last night were quiet this morning.

Le Chateau Montebello, owned by Fairmont Hotels, is the largest log structure in the world. It kind of reminded me of the Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone. (BTW, they both claim to be the largest log structure in the world.)

We stopped here for fuel. By the time we converted liters to gallons and Canadian dollars to USA dollars we figured we paid $6.82 US per gallon. UGH!

Hexagonal fire place in the main lobby. It was so big you could probably put a whole tree in it.

Underground walk way between buildings running from the window at the base of the lodge at right, under the sky light log posts to the building on the left.
There is more to life than locks. There are ferries too. Six ferries cross here. Quickly.
It was much worse getting through here than NYC. It felt like trying to run across a freeway!

Entering Ottawa

Can’t figure out what this building is but it has a USA flag on top.

OMG it’s a bus! A duck bus tour that includes a look at the Rideau Locks from the water! (You get those pictures tomorrow. Hope it’s sunnier)

We hit two logs today with our props. They are so water logged they are laying just below the waterline and virtually impossible to see. One log looked like it was run through a chipper. Fortunately we don’t feel any shimmy or vibration on the boat.


Judging from the expressions of bicyclists crossing the bridge, people don’t anchor here very often. A turtle swam by to check us out. There are skunks around here too. Pee Yew!

Tales from the Loop

Shared by Bill Forrestall on the Great Loop Forum – Thursday, June 20th the Erie Canal in Utica flash flooded. Loopers on the fixed dock in front of the Aqua Vino Restaurant received flash flood warnings on their phones. Not long after that they heard logs and debris slamming into the boat. In a little over an hour the water rose over 2 ft, boats were now floating over the fixed dock. The Restaurant opened their shed and told the boat owners to use whatever they needed.

Wooden ladders were used the to hold the boats away from the fixed dock now underwater and packed with debris. The Canal Authority asked the boaters to move above lock 20 and offered power along the wall. It took some work to clear the debris enough where you hoped there wouldn’t be any prop damage. It was a crazy couple of hours, but no boats were damaged.


Ontario Provincial Flag

The flag of Ontario is the provincial flag of Ontario, Canada. It is a defaced Red Ensign, with the Royal Union Flag in the canton and the Ontario shield of arms in the fly. The flag was introduced in 1965 in the wake of lengthy debates on changing the Canadian Red Ensign with a unique Canadian flag.

Ottawa City Flag

The stylized “O” logo (for “Ottawa”) represents the vibrancy and forward movement of the new amalgamated city. It also acknowledges Ottawa’s status as the nation’s capital with its three streamers forming a subtle and abstract suggestion of a maple leaf and a hint of local architecture, especially the Parliament Buildings. The streamers also symbolize hope, harmony, and working together toward a common goal. Green and blue are the colours of Ottawa. The flag was designed to reflect the landscape of the city. The green speaks of Ottawa’s quality of life and the city’s abundant green spaces. The blue symbolizes the rivers and waterways that are part of life in the Ottawa area.
On to Ottawa

On to Ottawa

June 27, 2019 Thursday Montreal Yacht Club, Montreal, QC   to Rivière des Outaouais(Ottawa River) near Chute-à-Blondeau, Ontario 57.7 nautical miles.

45°34’30.0″N 74°27’05.8″W
45.574990, -74.451599
Elevation: 118 ft

On to Ottawa! We should be there tomorrow. Tonight we are up about 100 feet elevation after passing through 4 locks.

You are saved as I didn’t take pictures of all the locks. I took pictures of all the locks in the USA. I’m not going to do that to you in Canada unless they are of particular interest. In reality they all look almost the same.

Fleuve Saint-Laurent (St Lawrence River) Ships Canal
– Saint-Lambert Lock
– Saint-Catherine Lock

Rivière des Outaouais (Ottawa River)
– Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue Lock
– Carillon Lock

Along the Way

The St Lawrence River at Montreal is the most river turbulent water we have been in. And miles of it. The Canada Navy boat attempted to leave its dockage several days ago. It got caught in the current and hit several passing pleasure boats. Oopsies.

We needed to get into the Fleuve Saint-Laurent (St Lawrence River) Ships Canal in order to continue up stream. Luck was with us or more really the Canadian Loopers Renee and Pierre were with us.

Small boats must tie up on the small boat dock, get out of the boat and call the master from a phone booth. Looper friends Jerri and Steve on WILD GOOSE were already on the dock and had made the call.

The lock master said the lock was really busy and it would be a wait. About 15 minutes later Canadian Looper friends Renee and Pierre on SHORELINE TRAVELER showed up. Renee used her charm (French) and we were let right in (I think they saw the boat coming and made us wait for them).

The doors on both ends of the Saint-Lambert Lock are connected to the lift bridges. The bridge must lift for the doors to open even if the boat can clear the bridge height. Traffic flows both ways over the lock bridges. It is diverted to one end or the other depending on which door the lock needs to open. Slick.

Although there were only 3 boats, Yes Dear being the largest, we were asked to tie to the wall and have one of the other vessels raft to us. It seems a little funny to have a giant lock and then ask a two of the three vessels raft together. I guess they have their reasons. We had to raft at Saint-Catherine Lock, the next lock, too.  Saint-Catherine Lock was the boring plain old big ship lock.

Ships Canal pictures

Leaving the ship canal and back on the St Lawrence River
Entering the Ottawa River

Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue Lock

Wind surfers, kite boarding and hydrofoil surf boards

Carillon Lock. This was amazing. It starts with the .5 mile wide dam and hydroelectric plant. I can only describe the lock gate on the right side the picture as guillotine gate. The lock gate lifts into the upper structure, boats pass under it to enter the lock and then it closes. BTW it is a 65 foot lock.

There is only one other lock designed like this and it is on the Erie Canal.

The lock docks we were planning on staying at are underwater due to the floods. Need to find a new spot.

I really miss my camera.

Good Night

I had 6 pictures of sunset. It was too hard to narrow it down to a single picture so you get two.


The first somewhat successful photograph was taken in approximately 1816 by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce. The Niépce was better known for his invention of propeller and boats.

The first ever digital camera was developed by Kodak in 1975. It weighed 8 pounds and was able to record black and white photos with a resolution of 0.01 MP

Kodak teamed up with Canon to release first ever DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera in 1986. It used a 1.3 MP image sensor developed by Kodak and a Canon F-1 film SLR body.

I miss my camera.

First you eat with your eyes

First you eat with your eyes

June 26, 2019 Wednesday Montreal Yacht Club, Montreal, QC   0 nautical miles.

45°30’44.5″N 73°32’49.4″W
45.512361, -73.547055
Elevation: 23 ft

Along the Way

Montreal is a vibrant city. There is so much building, construction and repair going on it is often challenging to get around. I’m sure our 2.5 mile bike ride to Atwood Market was over 5 miles due to the detours.

Atwater Market is filled with butchers, bakeries, fish stores, cheese stores, farmers stalls and restaurants. First you eat with your eyes, second your camera and third your stomach. (I don’t always have the order right.)

Mount Royal Cross is on top of Mount Royal in Montreal. Limits on height are placed upon every building in Montreal, with no building allowed to be higher than Mount Royal.

The marina is kinda behind the tree tops on the right hand side.

A Good Night

Docktails with other Loopers then off on a date night.

A good night for Mary and Dale. With the current USA/Canada currency exchange, the tickets cost ~$40.


Montreal Shares The same Latitude As Venice, Italy. With a latitude of 45°N, Montreal lines up with not only Venice, but also Milan, Zagreb in Croatia, and Queenstown in New Zealand is at the opposite end of the poles with a 45°s latitude*.

Montreal City Flag
The cross represents Christian principles. The white pine tree is for Indigenous Peoples, a blue Fleur-de-lys for the French, red Rose of Lancaster for the English (and Welsh), a purple thistle for the Scots and a green shamrock for the Irish.
Quebec Provincial Flag
The white cross on a blue field recalls an ancient French military banner, and the four (4) fleur-de-lys (flowers) are symbolic of France.
Soul of the City

Soul of the City

June 25, 2019 Monday Montreal Yacht Club, Montreal, QC   0 nautical miles.

45°30’44.5″N 73°32’49.4″W
45.512361, -73.547055
Elevation: 23 ft

Along the Way

First task of the morning was to get Mary’s camera to a camera repair shop. I am proud to say we again mastered the subway. The subway trains are like big long slinky tubes. They are not compartmentalized like the NYC subway trains. After dropping the camera off at Lozeau Camera we headed off .9 miles to where we were to meet our tour guide for a ‘Secret Food Tour’.

Outdoor iron staircases is uniquely Montreal. Eye-catching during summer months it has to be a death trap in the winter when covered by snow and ice. It boils down to space. The design of its housing is almost 100 percent efficient; with the stairs outside there are no common areas at all, with all the interior space being used. Eventually the straight staircases were replace by spiral staircase for even more efficient use of space.

Skate board park. I took these for you Jake and Bre T

We heard about food tours from another Looper. Mary of course wanted to do it once she knew food was involved. I was surprised to see there were as many tour options as there were.  We ultimately settled on the ‘Secret Food Tour’

Adam, our tour guide, shared stories and history of Montreal. Not only did we sample the flavors of Montreal, we were enveloped in the soul of Montreal.  A couple of the many stops.

We sampled Fairmount bagels, hand rolled bagel cooked on a wood fired oven. This was the very first bagel bakery in Montreal. Montreal bagels have sweet flavor. Other sampling included pasta sauce, smoke meats, crepes, charcuterie board …. The more I sampled the more I wanted to dine in the whole Montreal experience.

Last stop Dieu du Ciel (God of heaven) brewery. Adam our tour guide is on the left. Thanks for the great tour in your lovely city!

Once were done with the tour walked back the .9 mile to pick-up the camera following a more interesting route.

Dang…. The camera needs to be sent in for warranty work

Once again we mastered the subway. Quick walk through Old Town to get back to the marina.

Built in 1655 Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel is one of the oldest churches in the district of Old Montreal. Small model ships hang from the ceiling, offered by sailors in gratitude.

After a deserved rest stop on Yes Dear we were off for an evening walk on the promenade (which turned into a full-fledged hike).

Montreal is home to Cirque du Soleil.
Habitat 67 and boat spa.
Habitat 67 is an iconic cluster of 354 interconnected, concrete boxes forming a residential complex.
BOTA BOTA is a historic river ferry turned upscale “floating spa”.

Recreational marijuana is legal in Canada. It’s sold at state owned pot shops. May as well go check out the SQDC (Société québécoise du cannabis) pot shop as long as were .9 of a mile from it.

Montréal’s spectacular Mary Queen of the World Cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Montréal and a designated National Historic Site of Canada, inspired by the Italian renaissance revival and modeled after Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
Pot shop is around the block from Mary Queen of the World Cathedral. CLOSED
Montreal’s Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel where John Lennon and Yoko Ono conducted held their legendary bed-in from May 26 to June 2, 1969, writing the anti-war song “Give Peace a Chance.”
Only in Montreal …. The language police made Starbucks put the French word Café in front of it.

China town

The CHUM corporation has a huge footprint in near downtown Montreal. I’d never heard of it so I Googled it. It’s a hospital affiliated with the Université de Montréal.

We definitely got our 10,000 steps in today. More likely were are closer to 20,000 steps.


We spent the remainder of our evening doing laundry. From the laundry area we could watch the lighted projections onto city buildings and the clock tower in the marina, and the light shows on the Jacques-Cartier Bridge and Helen’s Island.


Montreal has the highest number of restaurants per capita in Canada and the second highest in North America after New York City.

Other worldly food Argentina, Peru. There are literally 100’s of different types food shops and restaurants in Montreal.

Quebec has language police. After talking to our tour guide I’m sympathetic towards the language police. Their goal is to help keep the culture and language alive. By law all signs must be in French. English on the sign must be no more than half the size.

Sometimes it goes a little too far…

Convenience store. The word convenience is the same in both English and French. Rather than sound English the language police forced the stores to change their names to Depanneur which loosely translates to repairman. If you need milk, you go to the depanneur to fix the problem of not having milk in your house.

Pastagate – In 2013 the OQLF (language police) tried to force an Italian restaurant to remove the word “pasta” from their menu. Why? Because “pasta” isn’t a French word.

In today’s world the creation of French terms to name today’s realities is a necessity. Things like hot dog and smoked meat are now officially ‘French’ words.

Drolleries and Yuks

Did you hear about the Italian chef that recently died?
       He just pasta away.

It’s a jolly holiday in Quebec

It’s a jolly holiday in Quebec

June 24, 2019 Monday Riviere Richelieu – Canal de Saint Ours Lock Île Darvard, QC  to Montreal Yacht Club, Montreal, QC   53.2 nautical miles.

45°30’44.5″N 73°32’49.4″W
45.512361, -73.547055
Elevation: 23 ft

It’s a jolly holiday in Quebec – Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (St John the Baptist Day)

Along the Way

Exiting the Richelieu

Canadians (geese) on Canadian soil
High water on the Richelieu. The walls around the pillars are under water.
Looper boat JILL KRISTI, a 26 foot sail boat, entering into Fleuve St Laurent (St Lawrence River)
Fleuve St Laurent. Another really big river. Main shipping channel

Entering Montreal

The river was really busy. At one time there were 29 boats ahead of us, both coming and going. Cigarette boats were going so fast they must have been attempting to break the sound barrier.

The current was exceptionally strong coming into Montreal. At one time were were running only 1.7 kts at 1600 rpm. Normally we should have been around 7.5 kts. The water is high. The depth finder read 9 feet higher than charted depth in sections of the river.

OMG! Montreal has a beach. The beach is around the edge of the marina.

Wandering around old town Montreal. There are lot of little restaurants and out door eateries. Montreal has the highest number of restaurants per capita in Canada and the second highest in North America after New York City.

I have no idea what the building are but they are cool. I think we did ourselves a disservice by not taking a city tour. We will for sure next time we come back. **Adding Montreal to the best of the best list.

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day Parade. Eight major figures from Quebec history were honoured (made into bobble heads), including Montreal co-founders Jeanne Mance and Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve, playwright Michel Tremblay and singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen.

This was different …… A bus let a clown off at every block where there was a wooden structure waiting for them. The clowns pulled the structure into the street and put on a 15+ minute performance. We didn’t wait around till the end. I don’t know who picked up the clowns when the were done.

This should have been surprising to us. After all, Montreal is home to the Cirque du Soleil.


Tales from the Loop

Water levels are high all over the North East section of the Loop.  The Hudson is high, the Erie is high, the Champlain is high, the St Lawrence is high, the Great Lakes are high …… you get the picture. In many places fix height docks and normally above water structures are underwater adding a new element to boating. A lot of the fuel stations are on fixed docks and due to the high water, they are closed making re-fueling a challenge.

The Clayton Marina in Clayton, New York on the St Lawrence just opened their fuel dock even though it is still 8 inches underwater. Boaters call in advance to fuel up. Eight marina attendants don their rubber boots and wade out to the end of the dock to catch the boat, preventing it from floating over the dock while it is fueled. Your just can’t use floating fenders on an underwater dock. We are not going through this section of the St Lawrence which include the 1000 Islands as we are taking the more northern route up the Ottawa River then down the Rideau Canal.


During the American Revolution, the United States sent Benjamin Franklin to Montreal to persuade the Canadians to join the American cause against the British. After staying 10 days, Franklin left convinced that it would be easier to buy Canada than to conquer it.

Although Montreal is one the world’s five largest French-speaking cities, most residents are bilingual. Many speak a third language.

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day

June 23, 2019 Sunday Riviere Richelieu – Canal de Saint Ours Lock Île Darvard, QC  0 nautical miles.

45°51’57.6″N 73°08’50.5″W
45.866004, -73.147349
Elevation: 30 ft

Along the Way

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (St John the Baptist Day) is a public holiday celebrated on June 24 in Quebec. It was brought to Canada by French settlers celebrating the traditional feast day of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist.

Riviere Richelieu and the park has been filled with people enjoying the 3-day weekend and great outdoors.

We stayed on the Saint Ours park wall with two other Looper boats. We are all heading to Montreal tomorrow hoping the partiers will have cleared out.

Mary celebrated Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day today. No pictures. No blog.


Saint Ours(Saint Ursus of Toul) was a 5th-century French bishop of Toul. St Ours Day is celebrated March 1. He is celebrated for converting the frankish king Clovis to Christianity.

Drolleries and Yuks

What did the bald man say when he received a comb for a present?
     I’ll never part with it.

Due North

Due North

June 22, 2019 Saturday Riviere Richelieu – Canal de Chambly Lock 9, Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu QC   to  Riviere Richelieu – Canal de Saint Ours Lock Île Darvard, QC  38.1 nautical miles

45°51’57.6″N 73°08’50.5″W
45.866004, -73.147349
Elevation: 30 ft

Along the Way

It’s a windy cold day. June 22, one would think it would be summer even in Canada.

We are off down, but headed due north, the Riviere Richelieu. The first section is the Canal de Chambly. The Riviere Richelieu has a lot of rapids and steep declines. The Canal de Chambly smooths it all out. We are following the French Canadian we met last night on boat Max IV. They ran point on the bridges and locks.

Bascule style bridge (uses counter weights to lift)
Motorcycle run along the canal. One of the many we saw today.
Pont Tournant (swing) style bridge . Look at the rollers along the bottom.
Bypassing rapids
Some of the bridges were pretty narrow. Max IV is a 40 foot boat with a slightly narrower beam than Yes Dear.

I wasn’t going to do this. I wasn’t going to do this. I wasn’t going to do this. I am posting pictures of ALL the locks we went through today. All 9 of them!

Lock 8. Locks 1-8 are all pretty much set- up the same way. The locking staff hand cranks the lock doors open and shut. They also hand crank the water intake/outtake doors open and shut. The lock walls are only 3 feet when you enter and typically drop 7-12 feet. Fenders need to be placed in an ‘M’ format (waterline, gunnel, waterline, gunnel, waterline) on your boat to not scrub the wall with your boat.

Lock 7. The locks were a tight squeeze getting both boats in.

Between Locks 7 and 6. There are small bays built into the canals so north bound and southbound traffic can pass between certain locks. The lock masters coordinates these passings.
Locks 6,5,4. The entry into Lock 6 was a surprise! Locks 5 an 4 are just down the way.
Lock 6 closing. There might have been room for a toothpick behind Yes Dear and the lock door.
We had to wait on the wall at Lock 3 for southbound traffic to pass. I thought it was just a bridge.
Lock 3. It’s a pont tournant bridge and a lock
Lock 3. View of Bassin de Chambly
This was another surprise!!!! Lock 3 exits directly into Lock 2! Lock 2 enters into Lock 1.
Rather than a massive lock there are 3 locks adjacent to each other.
This charming lock master helped us through Locks 3,2,1 a horizontal distance of about 400 feet and a vertical drop of 30+ feet. He moves from one lock to the next as the vessels travel through.
And then there is Lock 1. Lock 2 entering into Lock 1.
Lock 1 enters into Bassin de Chamby.

Back on the river. There was a lot of boat traffic being a Canadian holiday weekend and all. We found the boaters much more courteous than the south Florida boaters!!!

We had to laugh. Most of the boaters were wearing swimsuits. Hearty Canadians. Mary and Dale, we were wearing jackets.

‘Mounties’ (Mont-Saint-Hilaire)
Sea plane hanger
There a a lot of full canvas pontoons on Riviere Richelieu. We don’t see them so much in Minnesota or anywhere else on the Loop for that matter.
Through the wicket. Croquet lots of current and wind
Every little community had a beautiful church with an ornate steeple. These two churches were directly across the river from each other.
The biggest house we’ve seen today.
There are 3 cable ferries on the Riviere Richelieu
The final lock on the Riviere Richelieu – Canal de Saint Ours. Two Loopers on the wall! We went through the lock and tied up on the floating docks on the other side, There were two Loopers there too.
Wow. The lock master tied us to a floating dock in this lock. Easiest lock ever.


New Looper friends WILD GOOSE.

Whew. No more locks until we leave Montreal.


The Canal de Chambly is a National Historic Site of Canada in the Province of Quebec, running along the Richelieu River past Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Carignan, and Chambly. Building commenced in 1831 and the canal opened in 1843. It served as a major commercial route during a time of heightened trade between the United States and Canada. Trade dwindled after World War I, and as of the 1970s, traffic has been replaced by recreational vessels.

The Canal has 10 bridges—8 of which are hand operated—and nine hydraulic locks.

Canal Length: 7.5 mi
Dimensions of smallest lock: 110 ft × 21 ft  Yes Dear has a 14.2 beam plus width of fenders
Passage time: 3 to 5 hours

Where in the world are Mary and Dale?

Where in the world are Mary and Dale?

June 21, 2019 Friday Gaines Marina, Rouses Point, NY  to Richelieu – Chambly Canal Lock 9, Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu QC   24.1 nautical miles.

45°18’42.0″N 73°15’06.3″W
45.311665, -73.251749
Elevation:  103 ft

Mary spent the better part of 3 hour getting her new Google Fi sim card enabled. If it works as described, we might dump AT&T.   To be determined. So far so good ….

Along the Way

Passing by the US Customs Office
Fort Montgomery
Ready for Canada. Our Canadian Courtesy Flag is up and flying.
US Canadian Border buoy. The Canadian Customs Office is the white building on left.

Canadian houses are not ostentatious like the Florida houses are.

Entering the quaint town of Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu. The green bridge is the old lift bridge and the white is the new under construction bridge. You can see the guys working on it.
Passing through the railroad bridge and into the lock

We tied up to a floating dock just past the lock. Then out for a walk about! The first thing was to get a handle on the signs

Stop and Parking Lot (54 parking spots)

Next on the agenda…

Poutine is french fries, fresh cheese curds and gravy.

New, under construction lift bridge and old lift bridge.
The old bridge is two lanes and crazy busy! The new bridge is a four lane and will allow for boats less than 20 feet to pass under. The old bridge has to open for all boats.
We walked across but there wasn’t much there so we turned around and came back.
Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu looks like a small country town but the area is surprisingly very urban.
Bridge we walked over
Back to the boat. We had to cross over the lock. You can see the top of Yes Dear in the back

The day is still young. Out for a bike ride.

The top of the canal has a great bike path. We took in a couple miles down to the next bridge and came back.


The lock park seems to be the heart of the community. Lots of people use it. Free internet is available in the park. Tonight there was a fire pit on the city side and musicians playing in the park.

Great neighbors. They stopped by to say hi and give us pointers for going through the Chambly Canal tomorrow.

Where in the world are Mary and Dale?

We just entered Quebec from New York crossing the 45th parallel. (Green hi-lite is what we’ve completed so far)


More votes were cast for 2006 American Idol winner Taylor Hicks than for Ronald Regan’s reelection as president in 1984.

Drolleries and Yuks

What sits at the bottom of the sea and twitches?
     A nervous wreck.