June 4, 2015 – Montebello to Ottawa – 42.7 nautical miles traveled

We got going early and were off the dock by 0630. We started with Vicki water and it stayed that way for about an hour before the breeze picked up on our stern. The rest of the trip was as good as we could ask for in terms of weather, wind and seas. We were still bucking about a one knot current which for us was the norm on the Ottawa.

Cruisin down the Ottawa River.

Cruisin down the Ottawa River.

Many many churches with spires like this along the way.  Vicki wanted a collection of photos from each.

Many many churches with spires like this along the way. Vicki wanted a collection of photos from each.

Rideau Falls where the Rideau River empties into the Ottawa River.

Rideau Falls where the Rideau River empties into the Ottawa River.

We were hoping to stay on the lock wall below the eight lock “ladder” that is the beginning of the Rideau Canal. They really do not have overnight moorage there except on the blue line after lock hours. Since we had arrived by 1305 I went up to ask the lockmaster “Dan” if we could moor where we were until tomorrow morning. He said he really had to enforce the rules as there were those around whom he had kicked off the wall who monitored what he does. He suggested that we just lock through today as moorage was available at the top and it was closer to everything Ottawa.

On the Blue Line below the Ottawa flight of eight locks in the heart of the city.

On the Blue Line below the Ottawa flight of eight locks in the heart of the city.

We prepared the boat for locking through eight locks and off we went. It turns out we were the only boat going up and, in fact, the only boat for the day in either direction. We not only had great assistance from at least six lock attendants but were the center of attention by a whole bunch of tourists standing along the sides of the locks. The entire locking procedure went smoothly and we exited the last lock in less than 90 minutes after beginning.

Vicki controls the bow on the Ottawa lock flight.

Vicki controls the bow on the Ottawa lock flight.

We motored down the canal about a quarter mile and moored on the north side. A lock attendant followed us there and turned on the electricity they had built into the walkway railing posts. Here we are, moored in downtown Ottawa within walking distance of most everything. Vicki liked the mooring spot because it was right next to Nordstroms!

Vicki's choice for a mooring place on the Ottawa lock wall -- notice the sign in the background?

Vicki’s choice for a mooring place on the Ottawa lock wall — notice the sign in the background?

We walked back to the locks and then into a shopping center after spending a lazy afternoon on the boat lounging around on the decks.

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