Eight boats from our club joined up with eight boats from the Manotick club for a fantastic weekend on the Rideau.
Friday we trailered our boats to Portland where we launched and we met by our hosts and guided to “Peace a Plenty”, Jim and Linda Potter’s cottage, where we met the rest of the group and had a fantastic brunch of Buckwheat Pancakes.
We were then escorted down the lake to “Pine Island” which is the home of the Bastedo’s. We had a wonderful visit with checked out the boats and learned the history of their island. Then it was time to leave Big Rideau Lake and head to the Narrows Lock, into Upper Rideau Lake, on to Westport and the Cove Inn which would be our home for the next two days.
The accommodation and food at the Cove Inn are fantastic, with lots of dock space, a great swimming pool with a view right down the lake was enjoyed by all.
We were up and on our way Saturday morning for our trip through Newboro and Chaffeys lock then into Opinicon Lake where tied up at the dock at the famous Opinicon lodge. This is a step back in time for sure. No credit or debit cards accepted – cash or cheque only. We had a fantastic lunch here, explored the grounds and the accommodation in anticipation of our 2012 trip. The old growth trees on the property are amazing with a few Oak trees that are simply massive.
After lunch a few boats headed for Jones Falls while the rest of us took a leisurely trip back to Westport exploring the area and the cottages. Most made it back to Westport intact but we did have one boat with propeller problems and one that was demonstrating the art of starting an outboard with the cover off using a rope. Bet you inboard guys are jealous of that option.
Another great evening and then Sunday morning we headed back thru the Narrows lock to Portland and back home.
This section of the Rideau it is an absolutely must see area.
Being able to trailer your boat offers you the opportunity to explore our fantastic lakes and waterways with friends. Don’t miss out.