Sunday, July 19, 2009

Canada Day on the Ottawa River

Paddling got off to a slow start this year for us. The weather hasn't exactly been too inviting lately and we've had to focus on other priorities for a while.

This time, we put-in at the Leamy Lake beach (access to parking via Fournier Blvd), paddled out the creek at the North end into the Gatineau river. Turning right, we paddled downstream until reaching the Ottawa river. From there, we turned right (West) and paddled upstream past the Museum of Civilization until we got to Victoria Island.

Then we started paddling back towards Alexandra Bridge, just below Parliament Hill, and then waited for the airshow to begin.

As part of the 100th anniversary of aviation in Canada, the Snowbirds were joined by three special planes put together to commemorate this event: a CF-18 Century Hornet, a Snowbird Tutor repainted to the original Golden Centenial colours and the F-86 Hawk One Sabre. See for details.

We set out with rain coats and came back with sunburns. Cooling-off by the Rideau Falls felt really good before heading back to our put-in spot.

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