Classic Boats Gather On The Historic Rideau Canal This Weekend – A 38 Year Tradition

locks in Ottawa top of the 7 lock drop

A gaggle of classic boats cruising through the Rideau Canal locks, the top of a seven lock drop, during the Manotick show in 2010.

Fellow Woody Boater Chris Bullen has now recovered from the busy Gravenhurst Boat Show back in early July and is on his way to Ottawa, Ontario to participate in the 38th Annual Ottawa International Antique & Classic Boat Show, which will be held at Manotick’s Long Island Locks on August 10th, 2013. Chris will be sending us a report from this year’s show next week. Here’s just a taste of what it’s like cruising the amazing Rideau Canal system in southern Ontario and a note from Chris. – Texx

THE MANOTICK CLASSIC BOAT CLUB founded in 1976 has held a boat show every year at various locations over its 37 year history. The Rideau Canal has always been the location of the event. The Canal was opened in 1832 under the direction of Lieutenant-Colonel John By of the Royal Engineers.

cruisin into ottawa

Crusing along the canal through historic Ottawa, Canada.

The Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stretches from Lake Ontario in Kingston 202 kilometers (125 miles) using 45 locks (still operated by hand) and ends at the Ottawa river in the middle of the City of Ottawa.

locks being opened

The hand operated locks along the canal.

For the last 11 years Manotick (Ojibway for “Island in the River”) a Village 15 kilometers south of Ottawa has been to location for the show. This Saturday will be the 38th year for the popular boat show.

Cheers, Chris Bullen

a view from the ottawa river at the parliment buildings

A view of the Ottawa River at the historic Parliament Buildings.

The 38th Annual Ottawa International Antique & Classic Boat Show will be held at Manotick’s Long Island Locks on August 10th 2013.

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Thanks Chris, looks like another great classic boating event in Ontario. For more information on the show you can go to the Manotick Classic Boat Club website HERE.


5 replies
    • Dave Clyne
      Dave Clyne says:

      This is always a great show and a tribute to the volunteers and organizers, and, of course, the participants. Too bad Parks Canada is trying to kill the canal by lack of service, maintenance or promotion and ignoring the World Heritage designation. A national shame really.

    • Bartlomiej
      Bartlomiej says:

      As a Graphic Designer myself and wooden boat nut, I must agree with you. I really like it. It is not the “typical” poster that you normally see!

  1. Alex
    Alex says:

    Chris, thanks for the taste of what’s ahead. I grew up in Ottawa. Ice skated on that Canal many times – even had my first date doing that.

    Would love to take this trip. Only, the thought of 125 miles and 45 hand-cranked locks with my three kids aboard (ages 6, 11, 13) is nightmarish. Ah to have started younger with this parenting thing…

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