Lac Leamy Casino, QC to Ottawa, ON.

We were up at 0645 hrs. for breakfast on board, and left at 0730 hrs. to wend our way back out to the Ottawa river and be on the blue line for the famous 8-lock ladder up to the Rideau canal in plenty of time. We started locking through at 0830 hrs., and found the Rideau locks very easy because they have cables every eight feet or so. By 1015 hrs. we were moored at the wall in downtown Ottowa. After touring the Canadian Parliament building, we had lunch at Chez Lucien, a funky little place recommended to us by one of the lock workers. We then bought a pair of padlocks so we could chain the C to the wall because we had been warned twice of incidents where boats had been untied in the middle of the night. We did it, but in the end we didn’t think it was really necessary. We spent much of the afternoon in the Canadian National Gallery, then visited the Rideau Center where I bought a new robe, and finally returned to the boat with a paper cup full of ice from a MacDonalds for margaritas and one of Mary’s wonderful evening meals. During the night I saw a flashlight played on the boat, so perhaps the hourly security check we were told about really happens.

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