June 3, 2015 – Hawkesbury to Montebello – 17.2 nautical miles traveled

Woke up to a beautiful day. After breakfast we walked into the town of Hawkesbury and bought some donut holes. It is a nice little town but doesn’t seem to prosperous. Still, we were appreciative of the nice city float we were able to moor on for the night with no charge. This was located in a protected area next to a park.

At the end of a very beautiful three hour cruise against a one knot current we pulled into the town of Montebello. We moored on the first dock we came to and walked up to the harbormasters office to find there was plenty of room. We were assigned one of his bigger slips but even then it was only about 22 feet long. We try to pull in bow first so the dinghy will not be against the head of the dock and in this case it was definitely necessary because there was a little triangle in the corner where the finger pier meets the main float. Tying a boat with the stern hanging out 10 feet is a challenge and Vicki had to go over the rail to get ashore. Even so, we liked the place.

We walked into town. It seems to be mostly a tourist destination as the town was more hotel/motels than anything else. We did visit the local grocery store for a few staples.

After launching the dinghy we went up river about a mile to the largest log cabin in the world – Le Chateau Montebello/Fairmont Hotel. Originally built by Louis Papineau, an important historical figure in Canada, in 1803, five generations of Papineaus lived there until 1929. It then was sold to Canadian Pacific Railroad and turned into a Sportsman’s Club. It is the sportsman’s club that built the log cabin and it is impressive. It has been operated as a hotel since 1971. It is exclusive. There is a very nice marina on the river operated by Le Chateau Yacht Club.   We parked the dinghy there and walked the grounds, log cabin and bought a couple items in the gift shop.

Our little dinghy at the ritzy Montebello Yacht Club

Our little dinghy at the ritzy Montebello Yacht Club

Montebello - Largest log cabin in the world.  Operated as a hotel by Fairmont Hotels.

Montebello – Largest log cabin in the world. Operated as a hotel by Fairmont Hotels.

Vicki in dinghy on the Ottawa River - Montebello.

Vicki in dinghy on the Ottawa River – Montebello.

Inside the log cabin - Montebello.

Inside the log cabin – Montebello.

This place is huge!

This place is huge!

On return to Sea To See we found that a pocket cruise ship had moored at the quay behind us for the night. It probably had about 60 people aboard an was on a cruise from Kingston, Ontario to Ottawa via the Saint Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers. I am guessing it is about as large a craft as will fit in the Carillon Lock.

First time we had seen the stern of Sea To See without the dinghy as we had no way to do this before the dinghy was mounted.

First time we had seen the stern of Sea To See without the dinghy as we had no way to do this before the dinghy was mounted.

We enjoyed the remaining sunshine and relaxed the rest of the afternoon and evening working on logs, blogs and other record keeping tasks.

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