January 1, 2007
Paddle the Rideau?
A two- or three-night chapter extended outing to paddle on the Rideau Canal system may be scheduled next summer if there is interest.
The Rideau country has great charm and wonderfully historical character. The limestone block lock structures are essentially unchanged since the 1830's, and all but three are hand-operated. The canal and its connecting lakes are very scenic, but the area is by no means wilderness. Overnight options include camping at the locks, at a campground or provincial park, or renting rooms in a B & B or the Opinicon Resort.
The outing would consist of day trips from one base rather than a point-to-point transit of part of the system. Bad weather options include touring Kingston, Merrickville or the Hershey factory at Smiths Falls. The trip would be entirely self-arranged (no group costs!), although it is likely that most of the time we would paddle together. Safe open-lake paddling will require canoes or "seaworthy" kayaks. To learn more about the Rideau, see www.rideau-info.com.
If after you have done some research you become seriously interested, contact Dick Mooers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jan 1, 2007: Paddle The Rideau