Rowers overcame high water and wet, windy weather to complete the Kingston to Ottawa Rideau Canal Section of the Row3Capitals. Row3Capitals is a commemoration of Canada’s 150th anniversary designed to link the three capital cities of Canada West and raise money for the Foundation Fighting Blindness.
Scullers set out from Kingston Mills and rowed in touring boats 155 km through 19 locks to Long Island in Ottawa over 7 days between June 24 and June 30. The locks were at first a novelty, but after a dozen or so this novelty wore off, especially ‘locking through’ the multiple locks at some lock stations. It rained or was windy on many days. It was great to link up with the colourful voyageurs who were also converging on Ottawa for Canada Day. Overall over 30 scullers had fun and got fitter while viewing great scenery, both natural and historic.
Due to closed parks, flooded ramps, and submerged beaches on Lake Ontario, the Lake Ontario and Bay of Quinte sections were replaced with tours at Toronto and Kingston. The Toronto tour on July 9 had a score of rowers who had to avoid submerged breakwaters and closed Islands, but who nevertheless had magnificent views of the Toronto skyline from their coastal boats.
The Kingston tour will occur on Saturday, September 9. More information on this tour and other distance events can be found at www.adventurerowing.ca.
Submitted by Richard Vincent on behalf of Ontario Adventure Rowing