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Old 03-01-2023, 08:32 PM   #21
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If you have the time, consider doing the Rideau Canal also. We liked the Rideau more than the Trent-Severn, but both are idyllic.
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Old 03-02-2023, 05:52 PM   #22
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Have done it several times in my 40 SeaRay. Great trip. All has been said except for a short story. One trip took me 5 days to complete and cost something close to $2,000. Something came up and had to get back quickly. Trucking firm (specializing in hauling boats) hauled it back to Lake Ontario in 2 1/2 hours for $1,200 - all Can. $ with no fuss or muss. Something to consider when thinking about the return trip.
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If you have the time, consider doing the Rideau Canal also. We liked the Rideau more than the Trent-Severn, but both are idyllic.
Its on our radar. Last year's "get to know you" outings on our new boat has filled us with confidence.

This time last year, we had a ton of work ahead of us in the spring of 2022 to get the boat sea-worthy.

Now that we have one summer under our belt and our boat has performed beautifully and we are much more comfortable with operating her , 2023 is going to be a banner year for us.

We have 1000's islands and a short trip (guessing 1/3 of the way up?) the rideau canal in the cards for 2023. Cant wait!!
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For those cruising TSW or Rideau Ontario Canal Lock and Mooring passes are discounted prior to Mar 31. Worth checking out if you are planning on cruising there this year. They are good for TSW and Rideau so it makes for an economical and enjoyable summer cruise.
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Old 03-12-2023, 02:19 PM   #25
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When we did the Trent-Severn we took almost 4 months round trip from central Connecticut.
Obviously we took our time. It was a great trip.
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We did the TSW when we were bringing our last boat home. We were under some time constraints so we didnít get to enjoy it as much as we would have liked. It would be great to go again with more time.
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Bugs!

Hi all - I was wondering what the bugs are like in June in the North Channel and the TSW.......black flies, or whatever.......just curious.......the North Woods of Maine can be pretty bad that time of year......so curious about our upcoming trip and what to be ready for.....
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Hi all - I was wondering what the bugs are like in June in the North Channel and the TSW.......black flies, or whatever.......just curious.......the North Woods of Maine can be pretty bad that time of year......so curious about our upcoming trip and what to be ready for.....
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Black flies and Mosquitoes will join you at dusk every night, with screens it is very tolerable. we are at the bottom of the Rideau in Historic Kingston, and cruised our Mainship 390 Cartouche on the Canals for years
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Black flies and Mosquitoes will join you at dusk every night, with screens it is very tolerable. we are at the bottom of the Rideau in Historic Kingston, and cruised our Mainship 390 Cartouche on the Canals for years
Thanks for that info! Doesn't sound too bad......the northern Maine woods can be almost intolerable at time......they almost carry you off!!

Well, we are certainly looking forward to this trip! It's getting close!

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We experienced mid day swarms of flies a few days / locations in July.
One day when we attempted a walk ashore while anchored out in Regatta Bay we were forced to abandon the walk and head back to the boat.
Not sure what type flies they were but sure they were not the black flies I was familiar with from the NY Adirondacks.
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In the North Channel. There will be mosquitos in June and early July - usually just around dusk. The black flies are mostly done by the first week of june. There are however some sand and deer flies all year. Bring a bit of insect repellant and enjoy the trip. I have never let the bugs stop me from enjoying the boating - there are a few early evenings when the mosquitos are bad but all in all not much of a bother. When in the north Channel look out for us. We are in a 3270 Bayliner called "dajinka".
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Are you Don from Akron? I am rich formerly from canton and Atwood lake.
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I remember one night (in July I think) when we were at a Marina in Byng Inlet, the mosquitos were so loud outside the hatch screen it was scary!
Make sure you have a couple of those tennis racquet bug zappers, they are invaluable.
One time were anchored in some bay (I forget where exactly) I killed 82 spiders one evening with one of those zappers. Then the next night I killed 53. Then 30 the 3rd night and we didn't see any for a while after that. Canada is bad for spiders.
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Hi all - I was wondering what the bugs are like in June in the North Channel and the TSW.......black flies, or whatever. John
Northern black flies breed in cold running water (think snow/ice melt) they can be horrendous clouds some years. Fortunately they die off after a couple of days of hot weather (28C or so) so should be gone by June. Thereafter, mosquitoes take over so screens are a must before dusk. Nothing worse than hearing the dreaded buzz while you lie in bed. My admiral gets terrible reactions to them, so I have to take one for the team if they get in the cabin. Some years we have had swarms of mayflies which donít bite but die en masse on your decks etc. We have had a few trips where large black flies like deer flies/horseflies congregate under our Bimini. Last time they found us mid way between Little Current & Tobermory! The carnage from our flyswatters was grisly. Overall, though, bugs wonít interfere with your experience.
Enjoy the trip, a wonderful experience especially the N.Channel.
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Quote "Make sure you have a couple of those tennis racquet bug zappers, they are invaluable."


Jay Leonard, what are these devices? Spiders ruined my accordion blinds and curtains last year. We plan a TS cruise this year.



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Quote "Make sure you have a couple of those tennis racquet bug zappers, they are invaluable."


Jay Leonard, what are these devices? Spiders ruined my accordion blinds and curtains last year. We plan a TS cruise this year.



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https://www.amazon.com/Rechargeable-...xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==

This is one example. Walmart sells them, so does Harbor Freight, etc.
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Thanks, Jay.

FWIW, in the '90's when I cruised the NC, 7 trips, I always did it in September, 2 weeks including Labor Day. I never saw a bug! They were GONE! No mosquitos, no blackflies or biters, and no spiders!

The weather then was sometimes a bit cool, but otherwise very pleasant, and the summer cruise crowd was back home. Anchorages and dock spaces were plentiful.
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