Yesterday we received a farm fresh report from fellow Woody Boater Chris Bullen about a group of classic boaters that got together last weekend on the waterways of Southern Ontario for an action packed, 3 day event on a section of the historic Rideau Canal System in Ontario, Canada. The event was co-organized by the nice folks from the Manotick Classic Boat Club and Trent Severn Antique & Classic Boat Association – Chris described it as “A Jim and Ron Excellent Adventure!”
A Perfect Classic Boat Weekend
by Chris Bullen
Hey Woody Boater – We just had a perfect classic boat weekend on a small part of the Rideau Canal in Ontario, Canada. We were on four lakes, the Big Rideau, Upper Rideau, Newboro Lake and Opinicon Lake – All connected by the historical Rideau Canal lock system.
These areas well accommodate pretty much all size of vessels as the lakes are not huge, but the canal system is used by big cruisers as well as small outboards.
(Loading in to the locks with 30 of your best friends, rafting the classic boats together and then cruising to the next lock is almost like a traveling boat show for anyone who is at the right lock at the right time… What a concept! – Texx)
The Rideau Canal is a visitor’s paradise with its many historic lockstations and 202 kilometres (125 miles) of scenic waterway. The Rideau Canal; a National Historic Site of Canada, a Canadian Heritage River and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, consists of a series of beautiful lakes and rivers connected by canals. It stretches from Kingston, at the foot of Lake Ontario, to Ottawa, Canada’s capital. Maintained by Canada’s Parks service it is arguably the most scenic waterway in North America. Whether you visit by boat, car, bicycle or on foot, the Rideau has something for you.
The Rideau Canal is the oldest continuously operated canal in North America. The locks are operated today much as they were when first opened in 1832. For more information on the Rideau you can can click here. The following map is also courtesy of Rideau-Info.com
This was a wonderful 3 day event that 14 boats and 30 Woody Boaters all took part in. We launched in Portland and then went to Westport and stayed at a lovely old Inn called The Cove Country Inn. I had never been in this part of the Rideau Canal System before and to my surprise it’s beautiful!
One of the best parts of the event was the wide range of antique & classic boats that participated this year.
I would recommend this to everyone. It helps to have a great group of friends that like to trailer and explore new areas. Those that have not left the comfort of their own lake should give it a try. There are many places to see.
Cheers – Chris Bullen
The great photos for this story were also taken by Chris, on board his recently built (and very retro-looking) 15′ Mahone Bay hull that he refers to as “our Resto-mod Outboard”. As Chris was shooting the photographs from his boat, he didn’t get any shots of his boat zipping across the water during the event, but he did send us this photo so we can share it with our viewers.