Brockville Municipal Marina, Brockville, Ontario to French Bay Marina, Clayton, NY — June 30, 2014

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Well the weather did not look good this morning.  Candy and I went for our first walk and the sun was coming up in the east and the dark clouds were rolling in from the west.  I checked the radar and although there were several little showers around there were no large or threatening weather within a couple of hundred miles.

We departed Brockville and headed West on the Seaway.  Brockville had several 1000 Island Ferries and we could see immediately that we were in the 1000 Island area.  Lots of parks, cottages, boat docks, etc.  A lot of the shore reminded me of the rocky shore up at Fish Camp.

After we were thru the Brockville Narrows the Seaway really opens up and actually splits with a separate Canadian Channel and the Main Seaway Channel on the American side.  The current is down significantly because the overall St Lawrence is a lot wider.

We passed and island with a restored castle, Singer Castle, on it and updated docks for boats to moor to.  I am sure there is a lot of ferry traffic to this site. Further up the Seaway we passed Alexandria Bay and that could be the center of the 1000 islands.  Lots and lots of cottages along with several castles and everything is in pretty good shape or being restored.  Lots of boat traffic and in Alexandria Bay we passed 4 ferries that were starting their trips/tours around the area.

About 5 miles further down the Seaway we came to Clayton, NY.  We couldn’t reach the office but we started to dock in an empty space on the wall but the wind was against us.  Thankfully a couple of locals came over and gave us a hand to get in.

After getting power and water hooked up I went with Candy for a walk to the US Customs video phone in downtown Clayton, only way to check in with Customs.  I had all our paperwork but because of the distance Lenore did not go.  Well the custom’s agent on the other end of the phone said she needed to be there and wouldn’t relent.  I went back to the marina and the marina manager had one of the workers give both of us a ride back to the phone.  I had a different agent on the phone this time.  I asked if the US Custom’s made any provisions to deal with the handicapped because one video phone in Clayton did not seem to fill the bill.  Once she realized that I had called in earlier and what had gone on, she apologized, our report was taken and we were checked in.  I do not think the video phones are that good. I put the passports where I was told so they could be seen over the phone but I needed to read the passport number to her from each passport.

We did get  good tour of Clayton from our marina driver and it is a very nice town that the people take a lot of pride in their homes and maintain them. The business district is all related to the tourist industry.  There is a nice Antique Boat Museum here.  They even have rides on the river in old Chris Craft and Hacker Craft Boats. I need to take some pictures and send them to Keith.

We are about 10 miles from being out into Lake Ontario.  There is supposed to be some thunderstorms for the next couple of days and the winds are up a little from the Southwest so we may be here until the weather settles down.  We plan on travelling to Oswego but that is almost due South of here and I do not want to buck the waves for 40 miles of open water.

Marina 200, Cornwall, Ontario to Brockville Municipal Marina, Brockville, Ontario — June 29, 2014

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We tried calling the Locks from the Cornwall Marina but the number I had was to an automated line so we left to take our chances at the locks.  The ride to the locks was pretty interesting as we were going against the current and we were between the mainland and Cornwall Island. The current was about 2 knots when we pulled out of the marina and the lockmaster told me we would see 9 knots but all I saw was 7 knots but what a wild ride.  We were on plane to make it easier to maintain direction and forward movement.

The Snell Lock and the Eisenhower Locks are about 1 mile apart and once you are in one you go thru both. We were given the green light to enter about 20 minutes after we arrived at the lock.  We were feeling pretty good about it and everything went smooth in both locks.  The lock attendant mention a couple that came thru yesterday that had parked at the dock wall (against stated rules) and asked if they could go ahead of the freighter coming in because their dog had to go to the bathroom.  They were told to get leave the wall for their safety and they would be locked thru when the freighter was done. They did put their dinghy in the water and took their dog to shore before the lock. This was the boat that came into Marina 200 last night from Boyne City.

The day was real busy on the St Lawrence.  We saw a couple of freighters but the pleasure craft were all over the place because it was a nice sunny Sunday afternoon with hot temps.  Even though the river in places was about 1 ½ miles wide it reminded me of the St Clair River on a sunny Sunday.

As we approached Brockville Ontario we could hear and see boat races going on.  We had earlier called the municipal marina and they had room for us for the one night. There was a race heat going on for the small hydroplanes.  These boats were maybe 8’ to 9’ Wide and about 14’ long.  They made a lot of noise and there was a lot of water in the air.

As we arrived at the race area all the boats went in.  It probably had to do with the freighter coming up from behind us.  It also allowed us to move around and enter the marina.  They did have a space for us on the wall right at the entrance to the marina.  They were busy and most of the wall space was taken up by cruisers in the 30’ to 50’ range.  They are also gearing up for Canada Day on July 1st.

Candy liked the park setting and met a few other dogs during her walks.  There were a lot of people around but after the last race at about 6:00, everybody appeared to pack up and go home from the race people to the vendors.  It was reasonably quite after the races were over.

They are predicting a chance for thunderstorms tomorrow and our plan is to move to Clayton NY.  I will check the weather in the morning, including the radar, and then we will make our decision when to go.

Valleyfield Marina, Valley Field, Quebec to Marina 200, Cornwall, Ontario — June 27, 2014

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We decided that today would be an easy day and we would only go as far as Cornwall Ontario. It is on the Seaway just before the American Locks.  The distance was about 35 miles.  Sky was pretty clear and the temps warmed considerably after the sun got up in the sky.  There was no real wind and the water was flat.  This was a lot like that windless day on Lake Champlain.

There was a lot of floating weed and assorted debris.  It was easy to pick this up with the water so flat.  The weed & debris was not a problem. This part of the Seaway is known as Lac François and is about 3 miles wide with pretty good depth on either side of the channel.

Current here was running about 1.5 to 2 mph going against us.  When we came out of Valleyfield the current was with us for the first 4 miles until we got to the Seaway Channel and then it was against us the rest of the way.

There are lots of cottages and homes on this part of the Seaway and many, many fishermen.  We passed on group of boats that must have been a tournament or some kind of organized event because there was 2 dozen boats in the middle of the river. We did see one boat land a fish while we cruised by but I could not see what type.

We did catch up with Cap Ocean today and passed them along the way. Not sure where they stayed last night. This is the 3rd day in a row that we have seen them on the waterway or been at a dock with them.  Nice people. They did arrive in the marina about 1 ½ hours after we did.

We arrived at Marina 200 in Cornwall about 1:00.  It was nice to get in early. After docking and getting the lay of the land, I walked in to the grocery store, ½ mile. The store is called No Frills and is a budget type store chain in Canada.  On the way back to the boat I talked with some of the local boaters in the marina and one, Capt’n Mike, said I could have used his car.  Well I asked to use it for dinner and that worked out fine.  Lenore and I went to a nice Italian Restaurant about 5 miles from the marina.

Nice marina with lots of nice people.  Some folks from Montreal dock their boat here because they do not need to deal with the Canadian Locks. It is not large, maybe 100 slips but the floating docks are relatively new and it is in a park setting. Candy had a chance to meet the 2 Marina dogs Ruedy and Tracy, both Golden Retrievers.  Ruedy was shaved for the summer because he spends so much time in the water and they just do not want to deal with his wet fur.

Next to the park is the City Aquatic Center and a large auditorium that had a Jehovah Witness meeting going on for Friday and Saturday.  The place was full.  Next to the auditorium was another park area where they had a Chrysler car show on Saturday.  Lots of vintage 60’s and 70’s Chryslers, Dodges and Plymouths all models.  It was a nice show and no cost to the public to just walk around and look. Most of the cars were in restored condition but there were a few beaters.  The oldest was a 1938 Plymouth 5 window coupe.
A boat came in late Saturday, about a 62′ Tiara, that was from Boyne City.  I mentioned Boyne City to the Captain and he seemed surprised that I knew where it was.  They had a large 3 year old Yellow Lab on the boat.
We decided to stay a 2nd night before moving on to Brockville Ontario.
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