True East Lake Ontario and the St Lawrence River Aug 7 – Sep 5, 2012

From Toronto on the Western end of Lake Ontario, we headed for the Thousand Island area of upper New York and lower Ontario at the east end of the Lake. Along Millionaires Row in Alexandria Bay are the magnificent houses and castles of America industrialists. Rejected by Newport society, the men came here to build on community suited to their lives. The Antique and Classic boat musuem in Clayton gives testiment to one of their pastimes.

Over to Kingston on the north shore where Bill and Mina Schultes join us for the leg up the Rideau Canal, a World Heritage Site for its 150 mile lenght. A beautiful journey thru 40 plus locks, mostly hand operated, that ends in Ottowa. What a beautiful city where one of the highlights is Mosaika, a nighly light show on the side of Parliment Buildings. Watch a little of the vidio on the Mosaika link. The Musuem of Civilization is also wonderful.

Bill and Mina leave us in Ottowa and Meagan Trovado joins us for the trip down the Ottowa River to Montreal. The highlight of this trip is Chateau Montobello, constructed of 10,000 logs imported form British Columbia and build about the same time as the Yellowstone Lodge. Meagan leaves us in Montreal where we are joined by Kristi and Chris for a long weekend in the city. One highlight of this stay is dinner with Xavier de Vaureix who is celebrating the first anniversary of his departure from France on his 28′ sail boat header for who knows where.

Our last leg is back down the St Lawrence thru the seaway locks to Alexandria Bay where True East will spend the winter in a heated shed at Horizon Marina.

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