After checking with the Saint Lambert Lock and determining that the lock preferred recreational vessels report for a lock through at 1000, SONATA planned its departure for 0830. Au Revoir, Montreal! Departing the marina we were, for about .3 miles, about to retrace our arrival track, however, this time the current of the Saint Lawrence was in our favor. Approaching the Jacques-Cartier Bridge we took the green buoys on our starboard side and the GPS shows us making some 12.1 knots through the water ... we got as high as 12.5 knots before turning toward the St. Lambert Lock.
...Yay! We get a great view of the back of Parliament Hill. The “Flight of Eight Locks” with the Chateau-Laurier-Fairmont Hotel presents an awesome sight and creates a little anxiety as we anticipate our journey through these locks.
For our first full day in Ottawa we started with a Grey Line Bus Tour of the Ottawa area. The tour started at the Parliament building where the grounds are being prepared for celebration of Canada Day, July 1st. The second building is a office building of government workers that support the operation of parliament; the tour guide called it the “day care center.” The tour continued into the Rockcliffe east side of Ottawa to the Prime Minister’s house. On the way back from that area we passed the discharge falls of the Rideau River into the Ottawa River. Finally, a picture of one of the many beautiful churches in the Ottawa area.
Now, about those Beavertails (native to Ottawa)...They are flat (shape of Beavertail)
fried pastry with butter and then the topping of your choice..Nutella and banana, S'mores, maple butter (Canadian of course), Nutella and Reese's pieces, cinnamon, etc.. they are
extremely habit forming! YUM!