6.20.10 Rideau Canal & St. Lawrence CG

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View of Rideau Canal from Museum

6.20.10 Rideau Canal & St. Lawrence CG

An hour's drive through pastoral land from Silver Lake SP to Smiths Falls town was pleasant. 

The museum for the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Rideau Canal was in Smiths Falls.  It's pronounced "Ree Dough" Canal with equal syllable emphasis. 

Kaitlin, who worked at the Rideau Canal Museum, directed us first to the movie.  We were the only ones there.  It cost only $7.50 for all of us, and while the museum will not likely be winning sophistocated awards, it had some hands-on activities and a lookout tower over the 1860's quaint town, and we enjoyed it. 

Well, most of us enjoyed it.  Poor Charles felt ill this afternoon and returned to the RV to rest.

Rideau Canal Museum

The Rideau Canal is the longest continually-running, slackwater canal in the world.  It runs between Ottawa and Kingston (202 km).  Slackwater canal means they flooded the area rather than excavated to get it deep enough for boats (including steamboats) to use.

The Rideau Canal was built in just 6 years in the 1800's through difficult conditions of malaria, cholera, etc.  The guy who fabulously oversaw the construction was named Colonel By. When he was recalled suddenly back to England, he likely thought it was for commendation for a job well-done.  Instead, he was told he was investigated for misappropriation of funds.  Since he'd kept careful receipts, he was cleared of wrongdoing, but he never got his well-earned hero's reward and sadly died of a stroke and/or malaria (the museum said both reasons in different places) just 4 years later.

Happy Ciao on the St. Lawrence Waterway
  Isn't that a bummer?

We hope to see even more of the canal in Ottawa near the Parliment Building.  See pic:  http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1221

We drove a few more hours to the Upper Canada Village, paid the $5 parking, and then decided that 3pm was too late to enjoy all the activities by 5pm, since most were done for the day.  So we visited the gift shop for native products and found a nearby campground.  We'll return tomorrow morning with Charles to enjoy it all.

The Migratory Bird Campground is on the shores of the St. Lawrence waterway and we drove onto the grass, backed under the trees.

I currently have a lovely view of the pink sunset on the clouds, the gentle waves lapping the water just 10 feet away, and the kids playing 50 yards away in the buoyed beach area.

Charles in hammock over the water
  We are going sans electric tonight, so it will be $34 for the waterfront unserviced lot when we register in the morning.  A strange bird is warbling in the background and sounds exotic.

Charles tied up the hammock over the water and we took turns waiting for a dramatic fall-in picture, but no luck.  It is just LOVELY here. 

New York is just across the waterway!  That is a strange thought to us.  We are about an hour SE of Ottawa and an hour SW of Montreal.

Happy Father's Day to Ned and all the Dads out there!

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View of Rideau Canal from Museum
View of Rideau Canal from Museum
Rideau Canal Museum
Rideau Canal Museum
Happy Ciao on the St. Lawrence Wat…
Happy Ciao on the St. Lawrence Wa…
Charles in hammock over the water
Charles in hammock over the water
Happy Ciao on the St. Lawrence Wat…
Happy Ciao on the St. Lawrence Wa…
Movie time at the Rideau Canal Mus…
Movie time at the Rideau Canal Mu…
UNESCO designation at Rideau Canal…
UNESCO designation at Rideau Cana…
Kaitlyn at the Museum show us arou…
Kaitlyn at the Museum show us aro…
Rideau Canal Museum
Rideau Canal Museum
View of Smiths Falls from Museum
View of Smiths Falls from Museum
Arriving at Upper Canada Village
Arriving at Upper Canada Village
Arriving at Upper Canada Village
Arriving at Upper Canada Village
Nice ticket seller at Upper Canada…
Nice ticket seller at Upper Canad…
Arriving at Upper Canada Village
Arriving at Upper Canada Village
Heading to Migratory Bird Sanctuar…
Heading to Migratory Bird Sanctua…
Migratory Bird Sanctuary CG (every…
Migratory Bird Sanctuary CG (ever…
Happy Lia on the St. Lawrence Wate…
Happy Lia on the St. Lawrence Wat…
Native foods feast
Native foods feast
Ciaos campsite #17
Ciao's campsite #17
Lovely Jazy with ancient trees
Lovely Jazy with ancient trees
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