July 19, Wednesday, from Gatineau a few miles from Ottawa to the Rideau Canal in Ottawa.
The electrical issue was top priority today so I made some calls and we traveled to a nearby marina (Kitchissippi) that called their marina electrician to come in and check on our electrical problem. Very helpful. Bob was a great guy and determined that the problem is in a breaker, but the local marine store didn’t have the parts we needed. The marina manager gave us another name to call for boat mechanic, and since he is closer to Ottawa we decided to finally get to Ottawa and then work on the electrical challenge. Again, people went out of they way for us and we are so grateful.
As we headed into the Rideau Canal basin where we would be going up 8 stair step locks in a row (!) we saw some impressive sites including the falls and the back-side of a Parliment building (I think) .
We tied up along a wall at the beginning of the locks along with another 5 boats and waited an hour and a half before we started the lift up to the Rideau Canal. While we waited we walked up to the top and then down along the canal, checking for a spot to tie up once we made to the top. It looked like there were openings, and then we saw a familiar boat – Happy Happy – belonging to Terry and Pat that we’d met in New Jersey, saw again on the Hudson River, and again in Whitehall NY before the Champlain Canal. I sent Terry a text message and hoped to see them later. (Which we did!)
Back to the boat, the climb up 8 locks began. The routine here is to use a gaffe pole to grab specific mooring cables attached at the top and bottom of the lock, then put forward and stern ropes around it tight enough to keep the boat in position but loose enough so it slips up as the locks fills with water. Once you are done with one lock, boats move to the next one, one at a time in a specific order, and do it all again. Eight times. It took about 2 1/2 hours. The fun part was talking to some of the spectators watching along the sides of the canal.
Here’s a before and after of the building at the top of the locks, and the locks as they looked at night as we made our way to Parliment to see a spectacular light show given every night a 10pm.