Friday, 30 June 2017

Rideau Canal, Big Rideau, Rideau Ferry

We went down to watch the voyageur canoes come in to Rideau Ferry. I was early, just in case. Surprisingly, there were many folks traveling along the waterway, the Rideau Canal, from Kingston to Ottawa. (Four Winds Sesquicentennial Ottawa Brigades PART 1)
The first was this man in a row boat.

The town finished this public access area at Rideau Ferry in 2014. I took photos at the location to record the work that was done. It's a busy, busy spot! They just finished redoing the parking lot in early June this year. Many more, clearly ID'd parking spots. We still get little kids running across the lot rather than on the sidewalk, but so far, so good.

These folks in the red vehicle were supporting a group of retired teachers! Those folks happen to live near to us. We met, talked, and they told us about the group. All retired! The couple had prepared lunch, and the paddling crew arrived at 11:30, or so.
They made the Kingston news:

 "Retired Educators Paddling for Kids"

As well as supporting the REP fundraiser and commemorating Canada's 150th birthday, the group also longed to pay homage to the original paddlers of the canal.  Travelling on the traditional territory of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, the Algonquins of the Ottawa Valley and the First Nations families that were there before them, the group of canoers expressed their gratitude.

After these two canoes left, another paddler arrived. He was paddling alone from Kingston to Ottawa in a beautiful kayak. He has a cottage on the Rideau, and stayed there overnight!

It's a busy waterway!

Four Winds Sesquicentennial Ottawa Brigades PART 1 –arriving @Jones Falls
South Wind Brigades videos
South Wind Brigades PART 2 – going up @Jones Falls locks 42 => 39.
South Wind Brigade PART 3 –departing Jones Falls
South Wind Brigade PART 4 – @Chaffeys Lock
Rideau Ferry: more paddlers Kingston -Ottawa
South Wind Brigade PART 5 – @Rideau Ferry


Debbie said...

oooooh and i enjoyed this!!!

Olga said...

I am really enjoying this virtual paddle.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, looks like a fun day, watching the canoes.

Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
it is such a great celebration! YAM xx

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Good for the 'old' guys and gals!! And what a beautiful bit of water for paddling.

William Kendall said...

It looks like they've had good conditions on the water. Though maybe not today.

Happy Canada Day!

Nancy J said...

Wonderful to see them all celebrating together.

Red said...

By sitting there all day you saw a lot of action.