We awake to a very nice day but cold with wind blowing. We walked to the place where tickets were handed out for the Parliament tours and found we were too early to get a ticket. We found a hole in the wall place where a complete breakfast was served for $4.95 Canadian so stopped in there to kill time until we could pick up the tickets.
Vicki ran off to get in line for tickets while I remained to pay the breakfast check. When I found her she was already far enough back that we would be in the second tour group of the day. It was about 9:20 when we got the tickets and we had to kill time until 9:50 AM.
The tour group was about 20 people and small enough that we could easily hear the guide and ask questions if we wanted to. We toured the major features of the Parliament building then had a look at the House of Commons and the Senate. The tour finished up with the Parliament Library which was a very impressive space. We learned and all in all it was a very worthwhile tour.
While the wind continued to blow somewhat the sun warmed the day and we prepared the boat to motate down the Rideau Canal to Dow’s Lake where we were going to leave the boat for our sojourn to Seattle for grandkids graduations and to Madison, WI for a niece’s wedding.
Our days cruise took us under six city bridges including one where we had to blow the bridge opening signal and wait as the normal clearance was only 10’. I called channel 14 on vhf twice but no answer. I blew the opening signal as we approached but no response. Finally, when we were sitting still in front of the bridge and I blew the horn signal the bridge operator responded and unfortunately we had to stop a bunch of cars so we could proceed.
We passed the stadium that was all lit up so pulled a donut in order to take some pictures of it from the canal. Then around a few more bends and a couple more bridges and we were at Dow’s Lake. I called the marina on the phone and a guy met us on the dock to direct us to our moorage location for the next 24 days.
We lazed on the boat after checking in until late afternoon and then took a long walk through “Little Italy” where we found dozens of restaurants of every ethnic variety as well as a great big hardware store where we purchased several items we needed for the boat. The marina has a bar and two restaurants and is a wedding venue. That evening there were two weddings taking place – one upstairs and one down. Fortunately for us we were moored on the back side of these restaurants so the noise from people and bands was not too loud as the celebrations went on until near midnight.