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Rideau Waterway

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Day 37 Friday 22 October – the Rideauy Waterway (Canal)

Best night's sleep since leaving home, the bed is great, the room totally dark and absolute silence. Wake up to the sound of Canada Geese on the river. A leisurely breakfast watching the birds at the bird feeder and the occasional appearance of a cheeky black squirrel.

We head off to explore the locks on the Rideau River which flows from Rideay Lake to the Ottawa River. We drove though some of the prettiest countryside with numerous little communities along the way, The locks are still operational during the summer season. They are all manually operated but are used only for leisure craft. There are historic old mills and lock-keeper's houses.

We stopped for lunch in Merrickville, a beautiful small town with many buildings dating back to the mid 1800's. Then further South to Opinicon Resort on one of the lakes which forms the Rideau Canal. Next we visited Perth which is also a one-time mill town linked to the Canal.

Throughout the day we saw lots and lots of pumpkins and other decorations in preparation for Halloween. We return to Manotick along the western shore of the Rideau River and passed a number of fields with thousands of orange pumpkins being collected for sale.

Arrived 'home' as the sun is setting and within minutes Linda has an excellent meal on the table. I just hope we can keep up with this wonderful hospitality.


Posted by greynomadm 03:47 Archived in Canada

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You are continuing to make me envious. Wonderful that you are having a great time in Canada. My Canadian friend, Wayne, designed some of the Eaton Centre as well as several big offices in Downtown Toronto. He walked me all over the area to show it to me. Love you lots

by mbessems

Absolutely stunning! Em was most excited to see the fields of pumpkins as she's only ever seen it in movies before!

Simply can't wait to have slide night when you get home - it's going to be awesome!

Love N and the gang

by DrTard

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