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.

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