On to Ottawa

The weather forecast was for developing rain & thunderstorms. We decided to head out anyway. It sprinkled on us a few times but otherwise was a perfect day for travel. We went farther than planned & tied up (tired) below lock 14, in the middle of nowhere. There was a nice park at the lock & some great hiking trails. It was peaceful & quiet – perfect.

Approaching a lock.

Approaching a closed lock.

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Waiting on the blue line for the lock to open.

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Following a boat into a lock.

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Inside the lock but even with the gate cloed behind us, water flows over it forming a waterfall.

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The swing bridge opens for both of us.

 

Float planes became fairly numerous along the waterway.

Float planes became fairly numerous along the waterway.

We could tell we were approaching Ottawa. The houses got fancier, bigger & more numerous. And, boat traffic picked up.

We descend in the lock & the top of the lock gate is a busy byway for bikers & walkers.

We descend in the lock & the top of the lock gate is a busy byway for bikers & walkers.

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Lots of bikers use the shoreline trail.

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First view of downtown Ottawa.

Today we made it into Ottawa & tied to the wall right in downtown. We’re now enveloped by big city noises.

 

Just before the last lock into Ottawa, a pirate boat was loaded with kids.

Just before the last lock into Ottawa, a pirate boat was loaded with kids.

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We had a challenge finding a way around the slalom coarse that was set up for Ottawa dragon boat races.

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