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Old 04-30-2015, 05:54 PM   #21
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Cruising the Rideau system is a pure pleasure. Gorgeous old towns, great scenery, clean, beautiful water for fishing and swimming. Generally not extremely busy. Excellent 175 year old, well maintained locks, manned by nice, helpful and friendly lock staff.
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Strongly recommend if the Rideau is within your cruising range and you haven't experienced it - make plans and do it!

And if you like the Rideau also consider the Trent - Severn Canal - very similar w/ the addition of some unusual locks and an overland carry on the marine railway!

I've put together pages of cruising notes from our previous cruises and will attach the ones for Rideau & 1,000 Islands for anyone interested.
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Old 04-30-2015, 07:24 PM   #22
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I know this is a thread from last year, but thought I'd add a bit. I live on, moor my boat on and cruise on the Rideau River, and canal system.


I have 50 years of boating experience offshore and inshore in Canada, ICW, Caribbean, Panama, Mexico and the south Pacific. We go on a Rideau cruise. our boat every summer and multiple weekend trips as well.


Cruising the Rideau system is a pure pleasure. Gorgeous old towns, great scenery, clean, beautiful water for fishing and swimming. Generally not extremely busy. Excellent 175 year old, well maintained locks, manned by nice, helpful and friendly lock staff.

June or early July a great time to go, very quiet. The last two weeks of July it becomes a zoo with Québec visitors, who are largely very nice folks. But there are a lot of boats. If we go cruising in June, August or September we are often alone in a lock. During the last two weeks of July, I've seen as many as 30 boats waiting to lock through in the busy spots, with 6-8 boats in each lock. Lots of big, disrespectful, unseamanlike, major wake producing boats going waaaayyyyyy too fast. 99% flying Québec flags.

Our rule is stay away from mid July to the end of the first week of August. The second half of August through September is fabulous, and cruising in October, although cooler, can be stunning with fall colors out.

There quite a few good anchoring spots in the lakes and in several places along the river/canal system and of course, you can dock for the night at all lock stations, many of which have power, clean shower facilities, etc.

There are multiple great restaurants along the way and a few good marinas and boat yards as well.

Depths can get as low as 5 to 6', which is a factor to consider and bridge clearances are about 22-23' minimum in most cases. Lower clearance bridges open and some are amazing 175 year old examples of great engineering (a swinge bridge that can be opened by a single person with minimal effort).

There is a good "Ports" cruising guide to the river and canal system.

Definitely go. Avoid the last half of July unless you like big wakes, lots of boats and late night dock side parties.

We'd love to see you on the way.

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Hi Dale and Susan,

What a great area to cruise. I'm envious. I would love to have a box of the cream filled glazed donuts from Dooher's Bakery in Campbellford.

Dooher's Bakery in Campbellford, ON

Makes my mouth water thinking about them.

Please keep us up on your cruises. Oh yes, post lots of pictures. We love 'em.
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I've put together pages of cruising notes from our previous cruises and will attach the ones for Rideau & 1,000 Islands for anyone interested.
I would like to read your 1000 Islands notes. TIA.
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Old 05-02-2015, 03:18 PM   #24
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I've put together pages of cruising notes from our previous cruises and will attach the ones for Rideau & 1,000 Islands for anyone interested.
Good stuff there. Mr. Bacchus. As a side note, the boat museum at Clayton does have a public dock. I tied up there with the intention of going through the museum, but after being side tracked all day by the neat little town, I never did take the tour. The lovely ladies at the counter still didn't charge me for the dockage. It's a pretty good sized dock, too. Probably all of 150 feet on one side, and 250 on the other. I had the whole thing to myself that day. Next time Clayton will be a destination, rather than a rest stop.
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Mr. Moon. I think that bakery is on the Trent-Severn canal system. See what that cream filling does to your memory?
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Old 05-02-2015, 05:28 PM   #26
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I would like to read your 1000 Islands notes. TIA.
Are you viewing via the TF App?
Ii was on my tablet and didn't see any attached files?
When I switched to conventional Inet access via my browser the files are there.
Can anyone confirm if this is a shortcoming of the TF App?
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Good stuff there. Mr. Bacchus. As a side note, the boat museum at Clayton does have a public dock. I tied up there with the intention of going through the museum, but after being side tracked all day by the neat little town, I never did take the tour. The lovely ladies at the counter still didn't charge me for the dockage. It's a pretty good sized dock, too. Probably all of 150 feet on one side, and 250 on the other. I had the whole thing to myself that day. Next time Clayton will be a destination, rather than a rest stop.
Thanks... I'll try to remember to update my TI Cruising notes file... Appreciate the info and be sure to get to the museum...well worth the time.
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Mr. Moon. I think that bakery is on the Trent-Severn canal system. See what that cream filling does to your memory?
As I awaken from the cream filled doughnut fog, I can see that you are correct. I will be stopping by there in June to stock up.
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Greetings,
Mr. Moon. I sort of suspected as much-doughnut cream filled fog-wise. NOT a criticism, just an observation. Have a couple, two or three for me as well....
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Got it, thanks! Interesting reading ...
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