Roger, Maggie, & Camden - U.S. & Canada 2012 travel blog

The most peaceful & lovely parts of the Rideau Canal run through...

We were just talking about the rarity of seeing another boat and...

Seems like there is always a welcoming committee waiting for us at...

Merrickville, with it's stone buildings was once a busy town of hardworking...

How nice that the lock tenders allow us to play on their...

Kinda like an adult playground... hey you, watch me do this!

Probably one of the most beautiful sunsets of our trip. At least...

Here's Smiths Falls. I like this place. Let's stay for a while.

Like the water tower says, Smiths Falls. In Ontari-ari-O

How clever to decorate an unused lock. Like decorate a fireplace that's...

Camden at her post.

A rare treat while waiting to tie up to Davis Lock wall...

Davis Lock park is one of the most remote locks and certainly...

Walk for Camden to relieve her pent up energy after being on...

Been waiting for the lily pads to bloom and they finely did....

This remote lake reminds us of Watts Bar Lake on the Tennessee...

Kingston Mills 4 locks all together and one under a railroad bridge.

Kingston Mills Locks are part of the Historic parks that are all...

Our last two nights were spent tied up to the Kingston Mills...

Last few quiet miles before we get to Kingston, Ontario.


From Ottawa to Kingston Ontario there are some 40-odd locks. Too much work for retired folks. But we totally enjoyed this leg of our trip. Acquaintances (fellow travelers) warned that it would be boring, monotonous. It wasn't. Not one bit. Different strokes we suppose.

We discovered the 126 miles of the Rideau Canal was built for military purposes but ended up not be used for that at all. It turns out to be a playground for Canadians and international visitors alike. All along the canal there are some of the nicest campgrounds, towns, trails, marinas & docks that one might imagine. And the friendliest people you could run into. A calm way of life. Happy people. Good food. Beautiful vistas and sunsets. Freshest of air and water - clear, brisk, clean, quiet. Some of the towns seem a little tattered just as we have in the U.S., in our small towns where the young people leave. But we always found business people who were honest, friendly and willing to go the extra mile, er kilometer.

By the way, even if you don't have a boat you could plan a wonderful vacation by car or motorcycle. The trail from Kingston to Ottawa to Montreal to Quebec City would be a great journey. Or do it in reverse starting in Quebec City. You'll love it.



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