|Water boils in as the lock fills|
|Exiting after going down|
This picture is of a boat that has gone down in a lock and is getting ready to leave the lock. You can see the wet wall of the lock next to the boat; in this case the lock probably lowered the boat 8-10 feet. With only one exception, most of the Rideau Canal locks don't raise or lower a boat more than 8-10 feet because these locks were all built using hand tools 180 years ago, making them larger wasn't really an option. but there are places where the water levels change more than 8-10 feet. To accommodate the larger changes, the lock builders built "flights" of locks, or a series of locks attached to each other.
|Packing in the boats|
This morning there were only eight boats waiting, but that still required filling two of the locks and a wait of nearly three hours for the down-bound boats. We asked the Parks staff if they think it will be as busy on Monday, but they can't predict. Fortunately, we've planned for this. We're only going across the Ottawa River to Hull tomorrow. It won't take us more than a hour once we clear the locks, so if we have to wait until 11:00 AM to go and it takes us 2 hours to get through, we'll still get where we're going by mid-afternoon.
|Docking the plane|
|Canada's Parliament buildings|
|Clock tower gargoyles|
Ottawa also has the oldest outdoor market in Canada. It has been operating since the 1840s. And, since the entire city was built around the canal, the market is convenient for boat re-provisioning. So, fully stocked, we'll take our chances with the flight tomorrow morning, then on to Montreal. We'll post again when bandwidth is available.