Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Border of Canada to Montreal via the Chambly Canal

We checked into customs before 8:00am so when we pulled into the customs dock all we had to do has use a phone there to check in and get a customs number we have to display on the window of the boat.   The name of the river changed to the Ruisseau River once you cross the border because now we are in Quebec which is French speaking.  The distance from the time we crossed the border to the Saint Lawrence River was about 75 miles.  Our first stop is to enter the Chambly Lock and canal.   We all bought a season pass for only $800.00 that included all the Canadian locks and the lock wall were you can spend no more than two days but are in a park like setting and all pet friendly.  I think there are some seventy locks we need to go through.  We arrived in the town of Chambly around 2:00pm and it was fantastic.  We did stay two days and had a great time.  Everyone here is either on a bike or jogging and not on their cell phone.  After we left Chambly we went to Saint Ours Lock.  Next day we made it to the St. Lawrence River and turned left heading to Montreal.  We anchored at the city of Contrecoeur Quebec.  Not much here and was a quiet night.  Left early for Montreal and arrived against the strongest current I have ever been in of about 5 to 6 knots.  We stayed at the marina of Port d' Escale.  We were in the heart of old Montreal and within walking distance of everything, not to mention the next day was Canada Day.  The fireworks on Canada Day didn't match up to the fireworks at Mandeville.  Sure missed that this year.  From here it's on to the Ottawa River to the Rideau River.

This the marker crossing the border
One of the churches along the way

Entering the Chambly Canal

Approaching one of the locks
The canal was very narrow

Had to wait at the dock for 45 minutes for the bridge tender to show

The locks are all manually operated

Our marina in Montreal at the old port

Toured the gay section of  town.
The Eye, a sculpture by Montreal's David Altmejd
The museum of art
Saint Joseph's Oratory is the largest church in Canada
Looking down on Montreal.  The building on the left middle is Olympic Stadium
Monument to Sir George-√Čtienne Cartier in front of Mount Royal

English cottage 

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