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Family Day Trip on Big Rideau Lake and Colonel By Island - July 18, 2021

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July 18, 2021

A last minute decision led to a day trip on Big Rideau Lake, with a stop at Colonel By Island. You can learn more about this historic site at https://www.historicplaces.ca/en/rep-reg/place-lieu.aspx?id=10326.

We launched from a public boat launch at MacDonalds Bay just outside of Portland (GPS 44.710855, -76.176201), which was free, had lots of parking and a small dock.

This area has lots of little islands to explore, which is great in a canoe/kayak. We went the southern route around Big Island and made it to Colonel By Island in just over 1 hour of easy paddling.

 We had a picnic lunch, then explored the 2km trail around the island. The bugs were “normal” for this time of year, and it was really cool to see the trees that were oddly shaped after the tornado that came through the area in 1985. A few of us cooled down with some swimming after the walk. The spooky looking house, tennis court and horseshoe pit were interesting as well.

 We were expecting windy/wavy conditions with lots of motor boat traffic, but were pleasantly surprised by how calm it turned out to be. The wind did pick up in the afternoon, but wasn’t anything we couldn’t handle. On the way back we took the northern passage past Big Island to explore more of the area.

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