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

Canadian lock

Flying our Canadian courtesy flag

Thousand Islands

Kyaking the islands


July 5 saw a short run through the eight down locks to Oswego and the entry to Lake Ontario. Spent the night on the town dock, put up the mast and took in a movie. Tomorrow we are on to Canada, across Lake Ontario. Setting out onto Lake Ontario from the industrial city of Oswego on 6 July, we again faced the issue of crossings in bad weather. Reports that it was improving were premature, but we committed to the 49 Nm passage to Kingston, Ontario, anyway.

We arrived at the Confederation Marina for our first Canadian stop by 1400, and had cleared customs (by phone) in short order. The town is a delight and sits at the start of the Rideau canal...heading up to Ottawa. The sun shone on our arrival and we had a nice dinner in town. Jean even sniffed out a Starbucks for our morning run. Moored astern of us was a fellow from North Carolina that is "single handing" the great loop (his wife doesn't sail). He had lost a mainsail crossing Lake Ontario and was waiting on a new one. The locks alone make the "Loop" a real challenge.

Out of Kingston, we soon entered Thousand Islands (really over 1800) These isles presented such a dilemma of choice for the anchorage that we meandered thru Admiralty, Navy and the Lake Fleet Island groups before we found a little bay off Endymion...the names come from the 1812-1814 fleet. Warm and bright, we swam and kayaked until the sun gave out. Curiously, the island to our west was called Sundown and to our east, Sunset...go figure.

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