Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Montreal to St Anne de Bellevue

We left Montreal at 8:00 AM as the lock schedule showed availability for pleasure craft at 9:00 AM.  Short distance with a brisk 6 knot current which is visible on the buoy to the right. Our destination was St Anne de Bellevue, 37 miles and two locks.  We had to come through these locks as we came to Montreal, and it took hours of waiting due to a malfunction on a lift bridge.
We arrived at the lock and tied up to the waiting dock with another Quebec boat.  The message board said next lockage was at 2:00 PM, ugh.Each of these two locks charge $25 per vessel, cash.

Luckily the Quebec guy used the phone on the dock to call the lockmaster, (Eclusier).  He responded that we should be ready to lock through after the freighter exited in about 15 minutes.  The  Quebecer said "welcome to Quebec" as the info had not been updated on the message board!

Here is Debbie ready to release the rafted vessels after we locked up 18 feet.  The eclusier drops the yellow lines to our vessel and we take the slack out as we go up.

The freighter exiting the lock. (ecluse)
 We arrived in early afternoon at St Anne de Bellevue.  The second lock was no problem either, in fact the gates were open waiting for the 8 pleasure craft to enter.     Link to St Annne de Bellevue website
 We stayed on the wall here.  No power or water but no problem Mon, as we are self contained.  We ran the generator occasionally to charge the batteries and cool the cabin. Our next lock into the Ottawa River is just ahead, only a 2 foot rise.  We planned to be there at 9:00 AM for the first lockage.
Another view of the wall.  We stayed on the right but a nice park wall was available on the left. Both cost $.90 per foot or in our case $45.

Every town has a Hotel de  Ville (City Hall)
Nice quaint town with a great Gelato shop, other shops and many restaurants.

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