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2017 Fall Trip will be to Canada on the Rideau Canal from September 9 to September 14. We will be starting out from the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, New York on Saturday morning traveling the Bateau Channel on the Canadian side to Kingston. Arriving early afternoon for lunch, shopping, sightseeing or pub visiting. Whichever you choose then a nice dinner at a good restaurant. We will be leaving early Sunday morning from Kingston and head up to the first set of locks on the Rideau to be their first customers. Sunday will be a full day of boating needling through majestic waters to Jones Falls were we will be staying the night. It will be an aggressive day of locking and boating through areas that will make you think you have gone back in time! Dinner will be at Hotel Kenney tat night, then off Monday to the small town of Newboro for lunch at the Stage Coach and shopping at Kilborn’s, a really neat store. Like a high end Old Forge Hardware store. It has things for men and women. Then after shopping and lunch we will head to Westport for two nights. Westport is a very n eat town with nice shops and pubs. Tuesday we will lock into Big Rideau Lake to tour Col. Bye Island, the man that built the Rideau Canal system and a bbq lunch and some more exploring. Then back to Westport for another night. Wednesday we will head back down to Jones Falls where we stayed Sunday night but stopping at the Opinicon Resort for lunch. The Opinicon Resort had been owned by the same family for years and when the husband passed away and the wife and daughter ran it for years then they decided to sell. It then stayed empty for two seasons when someone finally bought it and is making repairs to make it look like it originally was years ago. Then after lunch we will be exploring Opinicon Lake and if time permits Seeley Bay at the bottom of the Jones Falls locks. Also at many of these locks there are little museums with history of the building of the canal. Thursday we will be leaving early to get to the first lock as it opens and it will be another aggressive day of boating and locking trying to get back to Clayton by night fall. Depending on the time it takes to get through the locks and weather conditions we may go back Forty Acres to the Wolfe Island Cut which is a very large open body of water in the St. Lawrence. And sadly to say that will end our fall trip. Bill Olmsted, my assistant, is still working deals with the many hotels we will be staying in so we will have that information for you by the Christmas party. Also Bonnie Ford has graciously offered to be our bag wagon for our luggage and adult beverages and anything else we would like her to transport for us. Stay tuned for the final details of this trip!! As I say, “how better to spend time then on a beautiful wooden boat with a great group of people”!
Hope to see you all!!!