2004-2006 - The first three years afloat. travel blog

Floating line bouy for locking

Locking with the big guys!

Montreal in sight

So many locks!

On 8 July we covered 70 Nm, said good-bye to the beautiful 1000 Islands and transited the Iroquois lock...all with a 2 knot push on our tail. We anchored Friday night within sight of Eisenhower (US run) locks. It rained hard that night and carried thru to Saturday as we negotiated four more of the big Seaway locks. The two Canadian locks had us taking their lines against the massive walls with smaller craft rafting to our outboard side. We passed some really big "lakers" and are thankful that rules prohibit locking thru with these behemoths. In spite of the rain, we saw some beautiful country as New York state slipped away to starboard.

Our choice for the night of 9 July was an island bird sanctuary off the township of Beauharnois. With just two more locks and the Montreal skyline in sight, this was a perfect anchorage. Bill cooked up a gourmet meal to fortify us for the day ahead.

Sunday morning saw us off to Montreal. Our anticipation was running high as we rounded the south canal and entered the Marina Port d' Escale. The last two miles were against a strong 5 knot current. But, the marina basin was calm and located in the center of old Montreal. Had an early dinner at a nice restaurant, strolled among all manner of street performers and retired early to be fresh to explore this wonderful city in the morning.

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