Canoeist Dining & Socializing in Newboro

Trip Start Aug 09, 2012
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Trip End Aug 18, 2012


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Monday, August 13, 2012

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CANOEISTS IN NEWBORO.....................



In Newboro - the canoeists had a nite out on the town;
Dining and socializing at the Sterling Hotel.....

Can you get lost on the Rideau WaterWay - you are darn tooting you can, absolutely, you can bet your life on that one...
Our canoe expedition leader had 18 to 20 large scale nautical maps (laminated) to guide him and us and a GPS....
The Rideau Waterway consists mainly of a system of interconnected lakes and rivers.
The lakes are 20, 30 or 40 times larger than Dows Lake or Mooney's Bay - these large lakes have large islands (so large that you cannot tell that they are islands and look like part of the shore line),
large inlets and often the channel going to the next lake is very narrow and difficult to detect from a distance..If a narrow channel connecting one lake to the next lake is narrow and makes a sharp turn - from a distance it just blends in with the rest of the shoreline of trees until you get within 50 feet or so of it.....There are canal route markers along the Rideau Waterway - but sometimes they are very easy  to miss.....
Between Kingston and Ottawa, there are 47 locks and 22 lock station...
The Newboro Lock connects the Cataragui River system with the Rideau River system.
South of Newboro the Cataragui River System flows South into the St. Laurent River and
North of Newboro the Rideau River system flows north into the Ottawa River.
Newboro is the Summit - the highest point on the route - and where the water flows South on one side of it and North on the other side of it...
The Coureurs de Bois and Voyageurs use to have a ceremony that they performed at the summit.
Sort of like the ceremony that is performed when crossing the equator - and everything becomes upside down and backwards.....
The Indians used this waterway route before the white men came and it may have been used for over a 1,000 years.... The Cours de Bois and the Voyageurs used this route. They could use this waterway route because they used canoes that could travel across very shallow water, and they could portage between the lakes and rivers - it must have been tough hard work though...
The Rideau Canal System was built in 1826 to 1832 to accommodate steam ships and commercial and military vessels by deeping and widening parts of it and connecting other parts of it with and by locks...
Some statistics:
 - 14 locks raise vessels 160 ft. from Kingston to Newboro.
 - 33 locks lower vessels 260 ft. from Newboro to the Ottawa River 
There are 22 lock stations....
 - most of the locks are hand operated just like they were back in 1832 and with they same equipment...
 - the interesting thing is that over 100 dams were built to create the Rideau River Way system,
by flooding large areas of land and raising the water level in many areas - by doing this, building dams and flooding large areas and raising the water levels in many areas - the amount of excavation needed to create this waterway was much reduced.....
 - this building of dams to flood areas and raise water levels to create a waterway is referred to as "the slack water system" - which was used extensively to create the the Rideau Waterway.
The flooded land areas created a very favourable habitant for Bass Fish and created one of the best Bass fishing areas in North America (the world)....
Remember - this flooding of large areas of land was possible possible because it was 1826/32 and there was not as many people around and not as many regulatory agencies around and the Rideau Waterway was being built by the British Military, which did  have special powers....
The Rideau Waterway was built by Britain not Canada.....


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DINING AND SOCIALIZING IN NEWBORO

























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