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We met a boat from Ottawa who was next to us in the locks. We
followed him to Elgrin and spent the night at Opinocan, a quiet resort with
through the 5 locks today with 4 other boats, all squished into the lock.
a small dock in front. We were at the entrance of the next lock and will
be ready to lock through at 8:30 when they open, however, there are 3
boats tied up at the wall by the lock. There is no electricity on the wall,
and the dock with power is all filled up, so it was good that we got this
spot for the night.
We had a 5 course dinner in the dining room of the resort facility: fruit, salad bar, fried perch
appetizer, turkey and pork dinners with mashed potatoes, and vegetables, plus dessert - ice cream!
Once it got dark, it was REALLY dark. The lights on the dock did not light up. It was a magificent view
of the stars in a very clear sky.
July 16 - We checked out and left at 8:15. The next lock was just around the bend. We locked through
with another trawler who followed us for some time until they turned off for side trip up a bay. We tied
up at Smiths Falls - Chocolate Capital of Ontario - Hershey's Chocolates. We stayed at Victory Basin
which has slips for boats and a small campground. We met a couple on "Tug for Two", Nordic Tug 26. We
shared tug information and places we traveled. Jim took a walk to the factory. I started out with him,
but it was almost a 2 mile walk, so I turned around and checked out the Rideau Canal Museum which gave
the history of the canal. Jim later washed the boat, we did a small load of laundry with our boat washing
machine. Steak and veggies for dinner; Jim cooked, I cleaned up. Lily had a relaxing ride today - no
waves or rolling!
Entrance to lock - doors closed These handles are cranked to open the lock doors.
Narrow passage through canal. Our boat actually Small islands on Cranberry Lake
fit through here!
They opened a small white swing bridge. Narrow passage to a lock. Blue line on the dock
is for boats who need to tie up before locking.