Our last installment was long, with more narrative and fewer pictures. This one will tell the story with more pictures and fewer words. We cleared Canadian customs with ease, and when we reached the free dock at St. Jean de Richelieu, we tied up even though it was only about 1:00. The next good stop was too far away, and we enjoyed exploring the town. Wayne and Vicki went one way, and Mike, Midas, and Marian went another. It was a HOT July day, so we looked for shops with air-conditioning. We're not really shoppers, and when we found a doggy boutique, we hung out there until time to return to the boat and meet Wayne and Vicki for dinner. Midas made himself right at home and quickly learned where to get treats. The friendly manager even allowed us to use their grooming facility to trim Midas's toenails, then did another of the visiting dogs.
The next day was windy again, and getting tied up to the lock walls was a real challenge for Cocomo. Wayne and Vicki always entered the lock first and took the port side, although the wind was blowing them away from the wall. The Parks Canada lockhands are friendly and helpful. At several locks, we had to tie up to the wall and wait, as shown below, and since Wayne and Vicki and perfected the skill of snagging a cleat, they would tie up, then come back to help us. THANK YOU MORE THAN WE CAN SAY!
Thunderstorms are followed by beautiful rainbows, like this one at Sorel, on the St. Lawrence River.
Wayne (and Mike) enjoyed one of the local craft beers at the restaurant where we had dinner in Chambly. Mike had duck poutine - french fries covered in gravy, cheese curds.
Cocomo led the way past the sight of the Montreal World's Fair to the Montreal Yacht Club, where we were lucky to get dock space. The municipal marina was closed due to a strike by many city employees, but the Marina Manager Debbie checked with a couple of their slip holders and found they would be leaving, making room for us.
We followed Cocomo to Montreal Yacht Club, passing the site of the 1967 Montreal Expo along the way.
The interior of the cathedral is more beautiful than
the exterior, and even non-churchgoers like us
were overwhelmed by a feeling of reverence, plus
total admiration for the workmanship of the
craftsmen who built this amazing expression of
Below, Montreal's portal to its past, the Chateau Ramezaywas built in the18th century as a prestigious residence. It was the first building in Quebec to be classified a historic monument.The exterior garden is more impressive than the front facade, and the rooms were lovely.