Morton Bay to Port Trent
Posted on August 10, 2018
Wed, Aug 1. After another coffee cruise on the dinghy and revisiting with mamma and baby loon, our boats weighed anchor and prepared to depart Morton Bay. We were actually luckier this time and the weeds and mud on the anchor weren’t as bad. However, Amazing Grace had a huge ball of weed (had to be over 3’ in diameter) on theirs and Bob helped clear it off with our dinghy and we were on our way. Transited 4 locks together and stopped at the free wall at Lower Brewer’s Bay. Beautiful quiet spot with a giant weeping willow, small park, picnic tables and electric power. Not much at this stop other than a great little art studio with metal art, jewelry and walking path featuring all the owner’s metal sculptures. Sandi and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would love to have some of the metal herons for my house but no room on the boat to take on anything else. Gorgeous stuff. Both boats did some grilling then gathered at the picnic table to enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
Thur/ Sun, Aug 2-5. Kingston. We transited our last locks on the Rideau Canal with the flight of 4 at Kingston Mills. Bob and I were not able to get into the Confederation Basin Marina where Dick & Sandi had reservations so opted for Kingston Marina. While not as lively or as nice as Confederation, Kingston Marina was also convenient to town with a 15 minute walk to Princess Street (where all the restaurants are located) and its quiet.
On Friday, the four of us rented a car and travelled to Watertown, NY as we all had errands to run. Watertown is about 65 miles from Kingston and you cross over the St. Lawrence Seaway with views of the 1000 Islands. There is a border check coming and going so we were prepared with our passports and the information on how much wine and spirits we could bring back duty free. Canada taxes alcohol and cigarettes heavily so we were only allowed to bring in either 2 bottles of wine or one bottle of liquor per person and we abided by the rules. Long day on the road as we left at 9am and returned to the boat at 6pm so Bob and I opted to dine aboard and call it a day.
Kingston is such a great city. On weekends in the summer, Confederation Park hosts free concerts and festivals and a Farmer’s Market in the square. Saturday morning, Bob and I walked up to the Farmer’s Market (with our new cart with wheels!) and loaded up with fresh fruits, veggies and other homemade goodies including real maple syrup. Then on way back we hit the grocery store for a badly needed re-provisioning. Later in afternoon, we took the trolley tour of Kingston which was interesting & informative. Afterwards, Bob and I walked around the shops for a bit then met up again with Dick & Sandi for dinner at Wooden Heads for salad and gourmet pizzas. There are so many great restaurants within a 10 minute walk that it makes choosing very difficult.
On Sunday morning, there was to be a triathlon starting and ending at Confederation Park with a 1 mile swim, 25 mile bike and 6.2 mile run. We got to see some of the leaders finishing their biking portion as we headed to ride the Trolley over to Fort Henry. Fort Henry was originally built (out of wood) to defend against the Americans in the War of 1812 and to defend the St. Lawrence Waterway & Rideau Canal. Later (1832) the fort was reconstructed in limestone. The property sits atop of a hill with beautiful views of the harbor, the Royal Military College (their West Point) and the City of Kingston. It is now operated by Parks Canada. The tours are given by college students that work there in the summers and dress in uniforms and dress of the 1800’s. We watched them fire off the cannons, had lunch at the Battery Bistro then hopped back on trolley and headed back into town.
Tue, Aug 7. Had originally planned to depart Kingston on Monday but the winds had kicked up and the forecast was calling for 3’ waves or more in Lake Ontario so we opted to stay another day. Spent a quiet day doing the necessary maintenance on the boat and catching up with “stuff”. Even though the weather was still iffy, Bob and I opted to head out and chance it. Lake O was a little bumpy (not bad) until we tucked behind Amherst Island and got protection from the southwest winds. From there is was smooth sailing and were headed to an anchorage between Port Trenton and Kingston. Found our little cove in Adolphustown and set the anchor. Our friends on Amazing Grace had planned to join us but ended up with a generator issue and had to continue on to a marina to have it serviced. We spent a quiet afternoon and evening enjoying nature, a swim, and being out of the marina. While we didn’t see any loons, there were a few swans in the cove.
Wed, Aug 8. Destination today would be Trenton Port Marina which is the gateway (from south) to the Trent Severn Waterway and our next adventure. Like the Rideau Canal, the Trent Severn is a waterway that connects lakes, rivers, damns and man made canals and locks. The Trent Severn is 240 miles long with 45 locks. Unlike the Rideau Canal that was deemed necessary by the government to transport goods and supplies to Ottawa, the Trent took 90 years to build. It’s construction was halted several times but finally completed in 1920. At Trenton, you are 243’ above sea level and will summit at Lake Balsam at 840’ above sea level then start down again. We are looking forward to our next adventure transiting the Trent Severn and hope to provide more great photos. Until next time!