We made it! 45 locks done.
29 August 2015 | Trention to Kingston ON
We had hoped to make the whole route on Wednesday, but with a late start in Campbellsford (farmers' market and yummy bakery) we didn't make the deadline for the last three locks. So we stayed on the lock wall at #3, Glen Miller. Funny, we didn't hear any music that night.
We were up for the 9am lock thru on Thursday, and by 10am we were through the last three and in Trenton. The bay there is very shallow outside the channel, so we were careful to follow the chart. We spent all day winding our way from Trenton to Kingston, delighted to see many sailboats in full sail on the water. Poor Whisper, still a motorboat. As we approached Kingston we saw racing in progress at both Collins Bay and Kingston. It was 7pm when we docked at the gas dock at Kingston Yacht Club.
This is very obviously a sailing club... packed with sailboats from dinghies to 40 footers (lots of IOR classics as well as a few modern speed demons like an Antrim and an Ultiimate 20). The boats are moored side by side, bow tied to the dock, with a mooring ball and anchor at the stern. There are few finger piers and only two longish docks that would fit our now 50+ length. So the gas dock was our home for the night.
The clubhouse is charming as was the bar staff. We sipped microbrew at the bar and sampled delicious appetizers for dinner. People were friendly and welcoming. First night's dockage is free with reciprocity.
The next morning we fueled and moved to an end dock, so I could have time to walk to downtown Kingston to purchase a chart of the surrounding area. We had not originally planned to stop here so we had no paper charts. The walk was along a lovely tree-shaded avenue with large houses built in the mid 1800s. Downtown was busy with shops and restaurants.
When I returned to the boat I found Bill fighting the effects of wake from the ferries to Wolfe Island and inconsiderate power boaters. At times our rub rail was at the top dock edge the surge was so powerful. We had wanted to stay for lunch, but decided the safety of the boat more important.
Our destination was a bay on Wolfe Island, west of Kingston, Brakey Bay. There was only one other boat anchored there, but a few more came in throughout the afternoon. The calm and quiet was a welcome change. After a swim we brought out the last of our bait to tempt the fish on the last night in Canada. (we only have an Ontario fishing license). We had much fun landing eight keeper perch...and tossing quite a few worm-sucking littles. Perch dinner...perfection!
Tomorrow we are back in the US.